JERUSALEM : Israeli authorities questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday for the first time in a corruption case which involves the nation’s biggest telecommunications company Bezeq, Israel Radio said.
In addition to two other questionable cases, where Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, the probes pose a critical danger to this four-term prime minister’s political defense.
Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing in all of the instances.
In the most recent investigation, known as Case 4000, authorities allege the owners of Bezeq Israel Telecom supplied equitable policy of Netanyahu and his spouse on a news site they controlled in return for info from communications regulators.
A Reuters cameraman saw a vehicle carrying two police officers pull to the prime minister’s official home on Friday morning.
Israel Radio said Netanyahu’s wife Sara was providing testimony in precisely the same time, in a police station near Tel Aviv.
The controlling shareholder of Bezeq Telecom, Shaul Elovitch, is now in police custody, together with a former Netanyahu spokesman.
Shlomo Filber, a confidant of both Netanyahu and former director general of the Communications Ministry, has also been detained in connection with the case, also has agreed to turn state’s opinion, according to Israeli press.
He’s stated that he will seek a fifth term in a nationwide election due in late 2019.
Police urged in February which Netanyahu be indicted in two other corruption analyses. The final choice on both instances could take weeks.
In one, called Case 1000, he’s suspected of bribery over gifts, which authorities say were worth almost $300,000, he obtained from affluent businessmen.
Another, Case 2000, involves an alleged plot to acquire positive coverage in Israel’s biggest paper by providing to take steps to curtail the flow of a rival everyday.
Thus far, Partners in Netanyahu’s governing coalition have stood by him, stating they were awaiting the attorney-general’s next moves. Political analysts say this may change whether the investigations against Netanyahu intensify.