Netanyahu probed for corruption charges

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset

Israeli police investigators questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday evening as part of criminal investigations into two corruption affairs in which Netanyahu is a suspect, local media reported. Netanyahu: "There will be nothing - because there was nothing!"

In the first corruption case, according to the Guardian, Netanyahu and his family are suspected of accepting luxury gifts, including cigars, pink champagne and jewellery, in return for advancing the interests of several wealthy benefactors, most notably Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. In July, the Prime Minister's personal lawyer as well as several other associates were arrested in the case.

The television station also reported that the US State Department is preventing Israeli investigators from gathering testimony from former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro over the visa request.

Netanyahu denies all these charges and has said, "There was nothing because nothing happened".

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Although police don't recommend outright whether to file indictments, they do provide prosecutors with a summary that notes whether there is sufficient evidence a crime was committed.

A Reuters cameraman saw police investigators arrive by vehicle late in the day to Netanyahu s official residence, where previous interrogations have taken place.

Earlier in the week, Netanyahu confidants Yitzhak Molcho and David Shimron, partners in a law firm and both relatives of the premier, were questioned by police as part of a probe into suspected corruption around the purchase of German submarines.

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