Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was interrogated (under caution, meaning he is a suspect) last night on suspicion of alleged corruption. The interrogation lasted for three hours and was conducted at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem.
A white police vehicle from the Lahav 433rd unit with three officers inside was seen arriving at Netanyahu’s official residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem. They spent more than three hours inside with the prime minister.
Afterwards they issued a short statement, saying only that Netanyahu was “questioned under caution on suspicion that he accepted (improper) benefits. Israel Police have refused to comment on reports that one of the two is World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder.
Netanyahu is expected to be questioned at least once more prior to the completion of the investigation.
As the Obama administration shunned Israel last week,that police were calling on Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to allow them to against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Today, as Channel 2 reports, The prime minister was quick to react,
“This is not a happy day; this is a difficult day for Israel,” Herzog said at the start of the weekly Zionist Union faction meeting. “We don’t have a drop of schadenfreude.
Sources close to Netanyahu were adamant Monday that the prime minister had done no wrong, and linked the investigation to efforts to oust him from power.
MK David Amsalem (Likud) told Army Radio that media “eagerness” over the investigations was threatening Israel’s democratic foundations
“There is a motivation to remove the right from power,” charged Amsalem. “We need to take away any motivation other than that pertaining to the investigation itself. There is a basic democratic principle that the people chose someone to lead the country. That is the most important principle and it takes precedence over all others.
Police have collected a great deal of “well-founded” material relating to the suspicions, TV reports have said, including from witnesses very close to the prime minister. Among the 50 people who have already testified is Lauder, Channel 2 reported.
Previous coverage has said one of the businessmen is based abroad, but has interests in Israel, and the second is Israeli.
Lauder, whose family founded the Estee Lauder cosmetics giant, has long been seen as an ally of Netanyahu, who in the late 1990s put him in charge of negotiating with then Syrian president Hafez Assad
In late September, Lauder was summoned by police for questioning “related to a certain investigation conducted by them and in which Mr. Lauder is not its subject matter,” said Helena Beilin, Lauder’s Israeli attorney. “After a short meeting, he was told that his presence is no longer required and that there shall be no further need for additional meetings.”
Netanyahu has acknowledged receiving money from French tycoon Arnaud Mimran, who was sentenced to eight years in prison over a scam amounting to 283 million euros involving the trade of carbon emissions permits and the taxes on them.
Netanyahu’s office said he had received $40,000 in contributions from Mimran in 2001, when he was not in office, as part of a fund for public activities, including appearances abroad to promote Israel.
According to a Channel 10 report from Saturday night, the central suspicions against Netanyahu were breach of trust and unlawfully accepting gifts. As yet, the television report said, there were no suspicions of bribery.
Netanyahu on Friday rejected the accusations as “baseless,” saying “this will come to nothing, because there is nothing.
in Jerusalem on Monday evening to question him about claims that he took designer suits and overseas trips from at least two businessmen.
Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged but the criminal investigation into him is one of several probes swirling around him and his family.
and Mr Netanyahu’s predecessor, Ehud Olmert, is in prison for corruption. Ariel Sharon was questioned by police over accusations he accepted bribes but the case was dropped and he was never charged.
On Monday he had another defiant message for the opposition, saying:
The 67-year-old politician, who is on course to become Israel’s longest-serving leader, has avoided prosecution at least twice so far in a long career.
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