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World Lawyer to be charged with graft in new woes for Netanyahu

18:00  05 december  2019
18:00  05 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli police said on Tuesday that two associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were suspected of offering a judge promotion in return for closing a criminal case against the premier's wife.

Israeli PM Netanyahu indicted on graft charges . Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing and dismissed the charges against him as part of "an attempted coup." If Netanyahu is replaced, the new Likud leader would be the party's candidate in the likely third parliamentary election. nm/sms (AP, dpa).

Israel's state prosecutor said Thursday he intends to charge the personal lawyer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with money-laundering in the state's purchase of submarines from German firm Thyssenkrupp.

a group of people jumping in the air: Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the streets of Tel Aviv last month to protest what they labelled a © Jack GUEZ Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the streets of Tel Aviv last month to protest what they labelled a "coup" against him

Netanyahu has in the past been questioned as a witness in the case but was not considered a suspect.

Nevertheless, with prospects of another snap election looming and the premier already charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, it is sure to provide ammunition for his political rivals.

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Case 1,000: Mr Netanyahu has been charged with fraud and breach of trust in this case. He is alleged to have received various high-value benefits Mr Netanyahu has been seeking new laws granting him immunity from prosecution. That was one of factors driving the country's last two elections, and one

Main challenger Benny Gantz, a former Israeli army chief, has repeatedly accused the country's longest-serving prime minister of profiting personally from the submarine purchase.

Netanyahu denies the accusation.

Israel's justice ministry said Thursday that subject to pre-indictment hearings for all the suspects, it intended to charge Netanyahu's personal lawyer and cousin, David Shimron, with money-laundering.

Benjamin Netanyahu wearing a suit and tie: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces the prospect of a possible snap election -- the third in just months -- in the shadow of graft charges© Abir SULTAN Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces the prospect of a possible snap election -- the third in just months -- in the shadow of graft charges

Charges of bribery are pending against another Israeli businessman and the former head of the Israeli navy, a ministry statement said.

Attorney general Avichai Mandelblit last month announced charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust against Netanyahu in three different corruption cases, numbered 1,000, 2,000 and 4,000.

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If Netanyahu changed the regulations to get good coverage, and you can prove that, that’s definitely a Any actual indictment may be months away, pending a hearing with Mr. Netanyahu ’s lawyers and a Adding to the prime minister’s woes , however, Mr. Filber is not the first former ally to have turned

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On Thursday he announced his intention to indict on case 3,000, which involved Germany's 2017 sale of military submarines and other Thyssenkrupp-designed vessels for a total sum of around two billion dollars.

Benny Gantz wearing a suit and tie: Netanyahu's main rival Benny Gantz has accused the prime minister of profiting personally from a purchase of submarines© Jack GUEZ Netanyahu's main rival Benny Gantz has accused the prime minister of profiting personally from a purchase of submarines

The ministry statement announced indictments against the industrial giant's local agent Michael Ganor and former navy chief Eliezer Marom, among others.

The Israeli police announced in November 2018 it had enough evidence to charge a number of suspects, including Shimron.

- Election countdown, again -

Thursday's announcement comes as lawmakers face a looming December 11 deadline to find a solution or see parliament dissolved once again.

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Though Netanyahu will receive a hearing prior to a formal indictment, the authority will remain with the attorney " Is it best for the country to be governed by a leader charged with serious criminal acts of There's also a new centrist list led by a former army general – who is strong in the polls and who

Netanyahu was recently charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases in which he is accused of trading regulatory or With the charges against him issued amid the political impasse, Netanyahu has driven up his rhetoric against his perceived enemies, berating law

An April election ended with neither side in control of enough parliamentary seats to form a viable coalition government.

The same happened in a second poll in September.

During bitter campaigning for the April vote, Gantz made "zero tolerance for corruption" a central plank of his platform.

He also accused Netanyahu and those close to him of running the country and its institutions as their personal fiefdom.

Gantz's centrist Blue and White alliance has said that Netanyahu may have committed treason by agreeing to allow Germany to sell Egypt submarines without the knowledge of the defence ministry.

Germany consults Israel before such sales due to the relationship between the two countries, Israeli media have reported.

Blue and White say Netanyahu may have pushed for the submarine deal -- which they say was surplus to requirements -- to boost the stock of a company in which he had owned shares.

In March, Netanyahu made an unscheduled TV appearance to refute the allegations, striding in front of cameras on privately-owned Channel 12 during the main evening newscast.

"I have to smash the wave of lies spread by Gantz," and other Blue and White leaders, he said.

Netanyahu said that on the advice of his cousin, he had in 2007 bought $600,000 of stock in a company that manufactured components used in the metal industry, he said.

He said he sold it in 2010 -- when already premier -- and that the relevant authorities were made aware of the holdings and sale.

He reportedly sold at a profit of more than $3 million.

Netanyahu added that the submarine sale to Israel took place over a year later.

"It's a company that has nothing to do with submarines," he said.

Two days after that interview, German prosecutors said they were investigating the 2017 sale.

That came shortly after Ganor was arrested in Israel, after changing his testimony during the investigation into corruption suspicions around the purchase of the German submarines.

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Israel heads for third election and Netanyahu clings to power .
Israel will hold an unprecedented third national election in less than a year, following the failure of political leaders to break the ongoing deadlock. © Gali Tibbon//AFP/Getty Images Israeli Kahol Lavan (Blue and White) political alliance leader Benny Gantz pictured during a session of the Knesset in Jerusalem on December 11, 2019. The Knesset had until midnight Wednesday to agree on a politician who could command the support of 61 out of the 120 members of Israel's parliament. When no one was able to garner the minimum backing, an election in March 2020 was automatically triggered.

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