Probe Ordered Against Israeli PM Netanyahu by Attorney General
Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced on Sunday that he had ordered opening an initial probe amid criminal allegations against Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Attorney General did not specify the nature of the probe, and stressed the examination is an initial probe and not a criminal investigation, according to Xinhua.
The statement also said that recent reports by Israeli media outlets on the matter were not accurate.
On Friday, Channel 2 news reported that the new affair involved the transfer of large sums of money to Netanyahu’s family member for non-political purposes.
Channel 10 news reported that Netanyahu and a senior official in the judiciary establishment were involved in a corruption affair, possibly involving money laundering.
A spokesperson for the prime minister said in a statement to the press that allegations against the Prime Minister are unfounded.
This is not the first time Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife have allegations surface against them.
Israeli authorities have embarked last month on investigating Netanyahu’s alleged connections with French businessman Arnaut Mimran, who was recently found guilty by a French court over a massive fraud case.
The Attorney General ordered to open a probe into the French businessman’s claim, made during the trial, that he gave Prime Minister Netanyahu about €1 million in 2009 for campaigning. Such sums are considered as a violation of Israel’s campaign finance law.
In May, the Israeli police recommended to the Jerusalem prosecution to file an indictment against Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister’s wife, for alleged improprieties at the family residence, including fraud charges.