Shlomo Filber, confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has signed a State’s Witness deal as part of the probe known as Case 4000, or the Bezeq Case. Filber’s testimony is reportedly expected to provide incriminating information about the prime minister.
Shlomo Filber Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Shlomo Filber, close confidant of Israeli Prime Minister of Benjamin Netanyahu and suspended Communications Ministry Director-General, signed a State’s Witness deal on Tuesday night. The deal is part of the Israel Police’s investigation of Case 4000, also known as the Bezeq Case.
Filber is a suspect in the case involving Israeli media mogul and Bezeq Telecommunications shareholder Shaul Elovitch, who is suspected of brokering a deal with a person close to Netanyahu in exchange for favorable coverage of the prime minister on the Walla! news outlet. Filber’s testimony is reportedly expected to provide incriminating information about Netanyahu, who is expected to be questioned under caution by the case investigators.
As part of the signed agreement, Filber will not serve time in prison despite his suspected involvement in the case. Earlier this week, Israel Police arrested senior Bezeq officials, including CEO Stella Handler, for numerous suspicions including bribery and fraud. Several close associates of Netanyahu were also arrested.
As previously reported by JOL, Netanyahu denounced the ongoing investigation on Sunday. “The media witch hunt continues with full force,” a statement from the prime minister read. “After the air from Case 1000 and Case 2000 was released and after it turned out that there’s no air in Case 3000, the media created massive pressure to produce a new balloon, Case 4000. The air from it will escape too.”
Last week, the Israel Police submitted its recommendation that Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges in Cases 1000 and 2000. Netanyahu also dismissed these investigations and the police recommendations.