Israeli police recommend indicting PM for bribery

Israeli police recommend indicting PM for bribery

Israeli police recommend indicting PM for bribery

Israel's opposition leader has called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down after the Israeli police recommended indicting him and his wife, Sara, for bribery and other corruption charges.

The police also said there was sufficient evidence to indict Mr Elovitch for giving bribes.

The case revolves around suspicions that confidants of Netanyahu promoted regulations worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the Bezeq telecom company in exchange for positive coverage of the prime minister on Bezeq's subsidiary news website, Walla.

The decision on whether to charge Mr Netanyahu rests with Israel's attorney-general, who is still weighing whether to indict Mr Netanyahu in the other two cases.

The prime minister is also accused of trying to strike a deal with a different leading media company for better coverage in return for limitations being placed on a rival newspaper.

If true, this would constitute bribery, as Netanyahu worked to set government policies that would increase monetary profits in exchange for positive media coverage.

Netanyahu served as communications minister from 2015 to 2017.

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"I am sure that in this case, too, the relevant authorities, after examining things, will arrive at the same conclusion - there was nothing because there is nothing", he said. The country's attorney general will now decide on whether to prosecute, with no announcement expected before the end of next year.

They are suspected of interfering in regulatory decisions that favoured Bezeq and its majority shareholder Shaul Elovitch. These recommendations were decided and leaked before the investigation had even begun.

Denying the charges today, Netanyahu said: "There was nothing because there is nothing".

Police are also recommending charges be brought against Elovitch and members of his family.

Police are also recommending that charges be brought against Netanyahu's wife, Sara, who has been at the centre of much of the corruption allegations surrounding the longtime Israeli leader.

Mr Netanyahu held the government's communications portfolio until previous year and oversaw regulation in the field.

Following the latest statement from police on Sunday, opposition politicians once again called on Netanyahu to resign. In June, Bibi was questioned by investigators about possible graft and corruption that led to the purchase of three Dolphin-class submarines and four Sa'ar 6-class corvettes from German shipbuilding company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

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