Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to be indicted on charges involving fraud and breach of trust for three separate cases. Israel’s attorney-general, Avichai Mendelblit, announced on Thursday his decision to proceed with the indictment, pending a hearing.
In the first, Case 4,000, Netanyahu will be charged with bribery and breach of trust after accusations he provided regulatory concessions to Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Bezeq telecommunications, in exchange for favourable coverage from Bezeq’s news website, Walla.
In Case 1,000, the prime minister is alleged to have accepted gifts from wealthy business figures in return for political favours and will also be charged with fraud and breach of trust.
The third, Case 2,000, involves a deal between the prime minister and Arnon Mozes – favourable coverage in return for damaging Sheldon Adelson’s competing newspaper, Israel Hayom. The charge is also fraud and breach of trust.
The decision by Mendelblit to proceed with the indictment follows three years of investigations and marks the first time in Israel’s history that an attorney general announces an indictment for bribery against an incumbent prime minister.
– African News Agency