Sara Netanyahu to be interrogated again

Special police unit grills PM's wife again as part of investigation of her allegedly misusing government money for personal use.

Tzvi Lev ,

Sara Netanyahu
Sara Netanyahu
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Sara Netanyahu is set to be interrogated Wednesday by the Israel Police 443 Anti-Fraud Unit, over concerns that the PM's wife misused government money for personal use.

Police suspect that Netanyahu ran afoul of anti-fraud and breach of trust laws, and suspect she used funds from the Prime Minister's residence for personal use. The money is suspected for use in hiring a caretaker for Sara's ailing father, hosting expensive catered dinners, and paying for an electrician in the Netanyahu's private Caesarea villa.

The investigation began following the State Comptroller's report published two years ago, which raised suspicions of irregular expenses in the Prime Minister's Residence.

After investigating Sara Netanyahu, State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan or Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit will have to decide whether to indict the Prime Minister. According to various assessments published recently in the media, the decision whether to put Netanyahu on trial should be accepted very soon.

This is not the first time Sara Netanyahu has gotten involved in a legal saga over happenings inside the official residence. In 2016, the Jerusalem District Court awarded residence caretaker Meni Naftali NIS 170,000 over a lawsuit he brought against the Prime Minister's wife, arguing that the residence was a hostile work environment. Naftali spoke of humiliations, insults, and constant staff turnover.

The Prime Minister is also embroiled in a multiple ongoing investigations. One of these is "Affair 1000," in which authorities are looking into whether the lavish gifts the first family received from friends constituted bribery. In another, "Affair 2000," police are trying to uncover if Netanyahu offered the publisher of the Yediot Achronot newspaper to close down his competitor Yisrael Hayom in exchange for favorable coverage.