The bribery scandal that’s surrounded Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may finally reach a head, as Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is poised to recommend bribery charges, according to Israeli media reports.
According to Israel’s Army Radio, the attorney general is getting ready to file charges on Case 4000, which alleges that Netanyahu took regulatory steps to help Shaul Elovitch in exchange for the telecommunication mogul’s news site, Walla, covering Netanyahu in a more favorable light.
Another scandal that’s surrounded the prime minister is known as Case 1000; it’s reportedly a more typical bribery case in which Netanyahu is alleged to have helped out billionaires politically as part of illicit quid pro quo deals for gifts worth about $282,000. In both of these investigations, Mandelblit is expected to urge the filing of an indictment of the prime minister.
However, it is unclear whether the attorney general will recommend any legal action with regard to Case 2000, which allegedly involved Netanyahu colluding with news site Yedioth Ahronoth to cripple a competing news publication, Israel Hayom, in order to extract more positive coverage from Yedioth. Haaretz has reported that US casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson poured at least $50 million into Israel Hayom, but that the company’s financial documents are a “closely guarded secret.”
Still, the attorney general has said that the pending cases against Netanyahu “would not be influenced by anything other than the evidence and the law.”
After Mandelblit makes the expected announcement of his plan to level criminal allegations against Netanyahu, then a hearing can be scheduled, and the Israeli attorney general can only file the formal indictment after this hearing; noting that the process can take up to 12 months.
Source: Sputnik News