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Bibi Proclaims Innocence as Police said ‘Unanimous’ Bribery Charges
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"Israeli" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday hit back at news reports signaling police will soon recommend he be indicted on corruption charges, asserting that while investigators will endorse charges against him, the authorities will ultimately conclude that "there is nothing."

Benjamin Netanyahu

In response to the reports, Netanyahu published a video message on his Facebook page late Wednesday, acknowledging there would be likely be recommendations for indictment, while noting that police recommendations are often dropped by prosecutors.

"I want to calm you: there will be nothing, because I know the truth," said Netanyahu. "The law says the person qualified to determine whether there is evidence against the prime minister is the attorney general, and he discusses the matter with the state attorney. The state attorney recently said in the Knesset that about half of police recommendations end with nothing."

"So rest assured," he added. "There will be recommendations, there will also be signs saying ‘Bibi is guilty until proven otherwise,' and there will be improper pressure, too. But I'm sure that at the end of the day the legal authorities will arrive at one conclusion, at the simple truth: there is nothing."

During Wednesday's high-level police discussion, headed by "Israeli" Commissioner Roni Alsheich, a document was presented stipulating that there is sufficient evidence to charge the apartheid entity's prime minister for receiving bribes, fraud, and breach of trust in the so-called Case 1000.

In Case 2000, the situation is less clear-cut, the report added, with police undecided between recommending an indictment on fraud and breach of trust charges, and recommending that the attorney general's office make the decision.

Police have established a team of investigators whose job is to try and find error and "holes" in the cases against Netanyahu, Channel 10 and Ynet reported.

Police chief Alsheich gave a rare interview on the case on Wednesday, rebuffing Netanyahu's claim that most police recommendations are eventually trashed as "untrue."

Alsheich was asked on Hadashot's investigations program "Uvda" about Netanyahu's recent attacks on the police, and said: "I think it is sad for all of us. I said right away that we aren't commenting. Sometimes it's hard to shut your mouth, but I would've done damage."

"It's quite clear that there has been a change of attitude," said Alsheich, who initially was reported to have a good relationship with Netanyahu. "I'm not judging him for it. It's natural. Being investigated is a very hard and unpleasant situation. I must make the decision in the end."

Alsheich further claimed that "powerful figures" had hired private investigators to collect information about the police investigators in the Netanyahu cases, apparently to personally discredit them once the recommendations emerged.

He said Netanyahu vowed to appoint him as Shin Bet chief if he remains prime minister. Alsheich formerly served as deputy director of the domestic security agency.

In response, Netanyahu on Wednesday evening said it was "shocking" that Alsheich would double down on the "false and outrageous suggestion that the prime minister has sent private investigators against the police officers who are investigating him."
Alsheich's insinuation is "so grave" that it warrants its own "objective investigation" on the police handling of the cases, added Netanyahu.

The investigations into Netanyahu have continued for over a year. In the so-called Case 1000, Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

08-02-2018 | 10:17

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