Police: Netanyahu took bribes

Police say there is enough evidence to indict the prime minister over the so-called 'Bezeq-Walla affair.' Netanyahu: Recommendations rigged.

Tags: Case 4000
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Police and the Israel Securities Authority published their recommendations on Sunday within the framework of the investigation of “Case 4000” (the "Bezeq-Walla affair"), after they completed the investigation into the affair.

At the conclusion of the investigation, police and the Israel Securities Authority said that "against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a sufficient evidentiary infrastructure [for indictment] has been established over offenses of bribery, fraud and breach of trust and fraudulently obtaining an item under aggravated circumstances."

In addition, against Sara Netanyahu, an evidentiary basis has formed for an indictment over offenses of taking bribes (collectively), fraud and breach of trust (collectively), and disruption of investigative and judicial proceedings.

Against Shaul Elovitch, a sufficient evidentiary infrastructure for indictment was established over offenses of bribery, disruption of investigative and legal proceedings, reporting offenses under the Securities Law and offenses under the Prohibition on Money Laundering Law.

Upon completion of the investigation, the investigation materials will be transferred to the State Attorney's Office, where the materials will be examined together with the investigation materials in cases 1000 and 2000.

The material will then be transferred in three cases to the Attorney General, who is expected to make the decision on the three files together.

Following the announcement, Netanyahu responded that the recommendations were a sham established even before the investigation.

"The police's recommendations regarding me and my wife are not surprising, nor is the transparent timing of their publication. These recommendations were set and leaked before the investigations even began. Police recommendations have no legal status. Only recently, the competent authorities rejected police recommendations against a series of public figures.

"I am sure that even in this case the competent authorities, after examining the matter, will reach the same conclusion - that there was nothing because there is nothing."

According to suspicions in "Case 4000," Prime Minister Netanyahu was active during the period when he served as Minister of Communications to promote the economic affairs of the Bezeq Group, which was then owned by businessman Shaul Elovitch.

In return, Netanyahu reportedly received sympathetic coverage on the Walla news website and intervened in the content published there.