Permits Committee: Netanyahu's friend cannot cover his legal fees

Permits Committee at the State Comptroller’s Office rejects PM's request to receive NIS 10 million from a foreign friend to cover legal fees

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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The Permits Committee at the State Comptroller’s Office stated Thursday that it would not consider Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's request to receive NIS 10 million from a foreign benefactor to fund his defense campaign.

Netanyahu requested that he be allowed receive the funds from his friend Spencer Partrich, a Michigan-based real estate magnate who is also a witness in one of the cases. The Permits Committee asked for the opinion of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who told the committee on Tuesday that he opposed the request and stated that it was the equivalent of an "illicit gift."

The committee also ruled that Netanyahu could not receive $300,000 from his cousin Nathan Milikowski to cover his legal fees, and that he must return $30,000 he had already received from Milikowski.

However, the committee did not require the remainder of the funds given by Milikowski to be repaid, as those funds were intended to cover the legal fees of Prime Minister Netanyahu's wife, Sara Netanayhu. The committee found that as Mrs. Netanyahu is not a government official, the same restrictions do not apply to her.




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