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Israeli cops grill Netanyahu in yet another corruption case

ISRAELI police questioned Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife today as part of a corruption investigation involving the country’s telecom giant Bezeq.

The detectives spent about five hours in Mr Netanyahu’s residence grilling the PM, while his wife Sara was questioned separately elsewhere.

Last month, two Netanyahu confidants were arrested on suspicion of promoting regulation worth hundreds of millions of pounds to Bezeq. In return, Bezeq’s news site, Walla, allegedly provided pro-Netanyahu coverage.

It’s the first time that Mr Netanyahu, who was also communications minister until last year, is being questioned in the so-called File 4,000 probe.

Police have recommended that Mr Netanyahu be charged with corruption in two other cases — Files 1,000 and 2,000.

In the first he’s alleged to have taken bribes from billionaire supporters, in the second to have pushed a law to help a newspaper publisher crush a rival freesheet in return for positive coverage.

Left-wing coalition Hadash has warned that Mr Netanyahu may resort to drastic measures — including war — to shore up his political position at home.


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