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PM involved in money laundering
Channel 10 offers scant details on investigation that allegedly also implicates senior official in justice system
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 03, 2016. (Yoav Ari Dudkevitch)
Israel Police are examining allegations that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was allegedly involved in a major money laundering operation that could have foreign connections, Channel 10 television said Friday.
A senior legal official may also be tied to the affair, the television reported, but offered few further details in what it called an exclusive report.
According to the television, the secret police investigation could implicate the prime minister and the senior official in the justice system in alleged “large-scale” corruption. Police officials have not yet traveled abroad to conduct financial and legal examinations abroad, but may do so in the future, the report said.
A separate investigation against Netanyahu’s former parliamentary adviser Perach Lerner on allegations of graft is not related to the current investigation, Channel 10 said. Police officials believe, however, that Lerner’s husband and Netanyahu’s one-time chief of staff Ari Harow may be called in to help clarify the case.
But, Channel 10 said, testimony against Netanyahu from an unnamed individual “almost of their own volition” turned out to be untrue.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flanked by former chief of staff Ari Harow and former parliamentary adviser Perach Lerner as he arrives at a Likud faction meeting in the Israeli parliament, November 24, 2014. (Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90)