Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu answered questions by police investigators for five hours on Friday regarding the Bezeq corruption case, in which he is alleged to have done favors for Bezeq’s chief shareholder in exchange for favorable coverage on a popular news site he owned.
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Israeli police investigators on Friday questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for five hours about allegations concerning the Bezeq corruption case. Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, was being questioned about the case in a different location.
The case centers on allegations that Netanyahu helped Bezeq’s chief shareholder, Shaul Elovitch, pay off his large debt by promoting regulatory benefits to his businesses, while exploiting his position as Minister of Communications, in exchange for favorable coverage of Netanyahu and his family on Elovitch’s popular news site.
It is believed that police presented Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu with pieces of evidence collected throughout the investigation and asked them to comment on them.
Israeli media has reported that police have a recorded phone conversation between Elovitch’s wife, Iris, Walla News ECO Ilan Yeshua and Sara Netanyahu. Reportedly, Iris Elovitch called Yeshua after receiving a complaint from Mrs. Netanyahu about a report on the site she was not pleased with.