Netanyahu Will Be Indicted For Bribery, Fraud, Breach of Trust
By Staff, Agencies
‘Israeli’ Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday called for Zionist Prime Minister Netanyahu to face charges in all three of the open corruption investigations into his activities, hours after the High Court rejected a last-ditch attempt by the Likud party to scupper his recommendations until after the April 9 elections.
The indictments recommended by Mandelblit will be subject to a hearing beforehand.
Mandelblit, who was once Netanyahu's cabinet secretary, recommended bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges in Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is suspected of receiving favorable coverage on the Walla! News website in return for regulatory benefits to telecommunications giant Bezeq, which owns the site.
The attorney general also called for charges of fraud and breach of trust in both Case 1000, in which Netanyahu and his family are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from wealthy donors, and Case 2000, in which Netanyahu tried to negotiate favorable coverage in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily in return for promoting legislation against ‘Israel’ Hayom paper.
In a statement released through the so-called Justice Ministry, the attorney general said that the decision to call for charges against Netanyahu was made after "a thorough examination of the evidence gathered during the investigations" both by the police and the ‘Israel’ Securities Authority, as well as taking into consideration the opinions presented by the office of Prosecutor Shai Nitzan.
Mandelblit said that the decision to indict was not final, and a pre-indictment hearing would be arranged in coordination with the prime minister's legal team.