Published: Thu, November 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Netanyahu To Be Indicted On Corruption Charges In Israel

Netanyahu To Be Indicted On Corruption Charges In Israel

Israel's attorney general has made a decision to file charges against longtime Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three corruption cases, according to a statement Thursday from the country's Justice Ministry. Mandelblit was set to issue a formal statement later today.

Mandelblit was considering charges in three main corruption cases, after police recommended a year ago that Netanyahu be indicted.

Mandelblit "decided to file charges against the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for offences of receiving a bribe, fraud, and breach of trust", a ministry statement added.

Netanyahu will not be forced to step down as a result of the criminal charges, though critics are expected to call for his resignation.

The prime minister is suspected of wrongfully accepting $264,000 worth of gifts, which prosecutors said included cigars and champagne, from tycoons and of dispensing favours in alleged bids for improved coverage by Israel's biggest selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, and the Walla website. Netanyahu has been charged with bribery, as well as fraud and breach of trust, in this case.

He has insisted he will not resign and is not legally obliged to do so. News for about five years, "placing flattering photos and articles and removing articles that were critical of Netanyahu and his family - while also getting involved in the hiring of editors and reporters".

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves after addressing members of his right-wing party bloc at a conference in Tel Aviv, Israel November 17, 2019.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been charged.

It also accused Mr Netanyahu of concealing the relationship by providing "partial and misleading information" about his connections with Mr Elovitch. Longtime aide Ari Harow is a state witness in this case.

Police recommended indicting Netanyahu over accepting almost $300,000 in gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.

The indictment said Netanyahu assisted the Israeli Milchan, a Hollywood mogul, in extending his U.S. visa. Israel's political parties have been gridlocked and unable to form a new government following two elections in less than a year, in part because of Netanyahu's legal woes.

President Reuven Rivlin had given him the opportunity to try and form a government after Mr Netanyahu failed to do so.

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