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Israel Police Recommends Charging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu In Bribery Case

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| December 2 , 2018 , 18:33 IST

The Israel Police recommended on Sunday morning that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara should be indicted for bribery in a corruption scandal known as Case 4000.

There is sufficient evidence against PM Netanyahu and Shaul Elovitch, owner of Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in Case 4000, which deals with suspected corruption tied to telecommunications giant Bezeq and the Walla! News website.

Police Chief Roni Alsheich issued the recommendations on his last day in office - a parting shot in one of the tensest prime minister-police chief relationships in years.

Police had already recommended Mr Netanyahu should face corruptions charges in two other cases – one alleging he accepted almost $300,000 in lavish gifts from wealthy patrons over the course of a decade and another claiming he traded positive coverage in a newspaper in return for advantageous legislation.

Upon completion of the investigation, the materials collected will be transferred to the State Attorney's Office, where the materials will be examined together with the investigation materials in cases 1000 and 2000.

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PM Netanyahu denied all the allegations and said, "The police's recommendations regarding me and my wife are not surprising, nor is the transparent timing of their publication."

"These recommendations were set and leaked before the investigations even began. Police recommendations have no legal status. Only recently, the competent authorities rejected police recommendations against a series of public figures."

"I am sure that even in this case the competent authorities, after examining the matter, will reach the same conclusion - that there was nothing because there is nothing."