Friday, August 4, 2017

Netanyahu suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust

Israeli Prime Minister accused of accepting lavish gifts from a billionaire and trying to make underhand deal with newspaper owner. Mr Netanyahu is accused of wrongdoing in two separate cases. The first, known as Case 1000, relates to his connections to billionaire Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, who he allegedly accepted thousands of pounds worth of lavish gifts from. Reports suggest that, after receiving cigars and champagne, the Israeli Prime Minister lobbied then US Secretary of State John Kerry on Mr Milchan's behalf while he was trying to acquire a new US visa.
In the other case, called Case 2000, he is accused of offering commercial favours to Israeli newspaper owner Arnon Mozes in return for more positive coverage. Mr Mozes owns Yedioth Ahronoth - one of Israel's biggest newspapers. Mr Netanyahu is alleged to have offered to cut the ciruclation of Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu newspaper owned by US billionaire and Republican Party donor Sheldon Adelson, if Mr Mozes told his paper to be more favourable towards the Prime Minister. 
Cutting the circulation of Israel Hayom, which is distributed free of charge, would benefit Mr Mozes financially because it is the main competitor of his newspaper in the battle for advertising revenues.
Mr Harow is also suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, along with aggravated fraud and money laundering. Recordings found on his phone of conversations between Mr Netanyahu and Mr Mozes are said to form the basis of the Case 2000 investigation.
To read more about Netanyahu's criminal acts, click here.

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