State’s witness agreement: Netanyahu confidant protected from criminal indictment

Shlomo Filber, who turned state evidence against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will be protected from criminal prosecution, according to the state’s witness agreement that he signed last night. He is expected to give the police and prosecutors incriminating evidence regarding every crime in which he was involved.
Shlomo Filber Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90

The details of the state’s witness agreement that suspended Communications Ministry Director-General Shlomo Filber has signed were revealed Wednesday evening by Israel News Company’s Guy Peleg. In accordance with the agreement, Filber will be protected from criminal indictment. However, he will face a Civil Service Commission disciplinary trial.

In addition, Filber will confess to and be convicted of inappropriate behavior. He has also agreed to be permanently banned from public service. Filber, who has been described as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former right-hand man, will provide the Israel Police will incriminating evidence regarding every crime in which he was involved.

Filber turned state witness early this morning. His testimony is expected to provide incriminating information about the suspects in Case 4000 and Netanyahu, who is expected to be questioned under caution by investigators.

According to Israel News Company, the police involved in the bribery case, also known as the Bezeq Case, have evidence indicating that Shaul Elovitch, the owner of the Israeli news site Walla! and the controlling shareholder of Bezeq, and his family exerted pressure on Walla! to portray the Netanyahu couple in a positive light. As part of the state’s witness agreement, Filber will explain what enticed Elovitch to use his influence over the news site for Netanyahu’s benefit.

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