Israeli police recommend bribery charges for Netanyahu

Source: The Hill | February 13, 2018 | Luis Sanchez

Police will recommend bribery charges against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two cases of alleged corruption, Haaretz reports.

The cases allege that Netanyahu accepted bribes and that he tried to get Israel’s second largest newspaper to give him positive coverage in exchange for damaging a rival paper.

It was reported last week that Israel’s police chiefs were in agreement that the prime minister should be indicted on corruption charges. Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who the indictment will be sent to, will ultimately decide whether to indict Netanyahu.

Netanyahu said he expected the police to recommend his indictment, but maintained that the allegations were unfounded and that he believes Mandelblit would not press charges. He has also questioned the integrity of several officials involved in the investigation, including the police commissioner, Haaretz reported.

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