'Conviction of Netanyahu unlikely'

Nature of suspicions against PM to be confirmed by A-G later in the week; experts say conviction unlikely in alleged money-laundering case.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is expected to release the first official statement regarding the new investigation against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, at some point this week.

The statement will most likely contain a general outline of the suspicions against the Prime Minister, for the benefit of the public.

Channel 10 reported last night (Saturday), that the investigation is into large-scale money laundering, in which Netanyahu is suspected of being involved.

However, in an interview with Army Radio this morning (Sunday) Attorney Udi Barzilai, formerly the Tax Authority Attorney General, said that in his assessment, the Prime Minister can only be implicated in a minor infraction, and that it would be very difficult to prove Netanyahu's culpability in court anyway.

"This is a minor money laundering infraction," Barzilai said. He went on to explain that there are several elements that need to be proven in order to get a conviction: "You need to prove that the accused received the money on behalf of a third party, and not for himself, you need to prove that the benefiting party knew that the funds were received but failed to report that he's the beneficiary. There is a lot of work to be done in proving these kinds of allegations."




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