Isareli PM Netanyahu faces corruption charges

After a 14-month-long investigation, police announced that it found enough evidence to recommend the state prosecution to indict 68-year-old Netanyahu.

PTI
Jerusalem, Publish Date: Feb 15 2018 12:32AM | Updated Date: Feb 15 2018 12:32AM
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In a setback to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the police today  recommended his indictment in two case of alleged corruption and breach of trust even as the beleaguered leader remained defiant and refused to step down.

After a 14-month-long investigation, police announced that it found enough evidence to recommend the state prosecution to indict 68-year-old Netanyahu.

Netanyahu, the two time premier, faces prosecution in two corruption cases: a gifts-for-favours affair known as Case 1000, and a second scandal, called Case 2000, in which he is suspected of back-room dealings with Arnon Mozes, publisher of the popular newspaper Yediot Aharonot, to ensure more favourable coverage, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Netanyahu was chosen the Prime Minister of Israel in 2009. Previously he held the position from 1996 to 1999.

The police have accused Netanyahu of accepting nearly USD 300,000 in gifts over 10 years.

Netanyahu, however, said his government was "stable" and criticised the police investigation, which prompted calls for his resignation.

"I can reassure you that the coalition is stable. Neither me nor anyone else has plans for elections. We're going to continue to work together for the good of Israeli citizens until the end of the term," he said.

"I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully for as long as you, the citizens of Israel, choose me to lead you," he said soon after the allegations came to light. 

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