Israel: A secret inquiry into the corruption charges of Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netayanhu will now be a full-blown investigation by the police. The police authorities received a new document on Monday for the investigation that had been done secretly for nine months.
The police have now turned to the Attorney for permission that will allow them to open the full investigation into the Prime minister alleged bribery and aggravated fraud.
The secret investigation started nine months ago after a green light by the Police Chief Roni Alsheich, and the investigation was carried on by a special police unit Lahav 433, who had also demanded full secrecy and no leak to the media.
Responding to the alleagations, the prime minister spokesperson said that;
it’s all nonsense, Since Netanyahu’s victory in the last elections and even before, hostile elements have used heroic efforts to attempt to bring about [Netanyahu’s] downfall, with false accusations against him and his family. This [latest attempt] is absolutely false. There was nothing and there will be nothing.
Earlier this month, there was a call for the prime minister to be investigated after his role in the defence ministry deal to purchase submarines from the a German company partly owned by the Iranian government.
The issue created a debate among the country as citizens debate the prime minister might be swayed in the decision by business ties his personal counsel David Shimron had with the submarines’ builder, ThyssenKrupp. The purchase was opposed by parts of the defence establishment, including former defence minister Moshe Ya’alon.