Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's wife Sara charged with fraud

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 21, 2018

Investigators alleged that Sara Netanyahu moved to hide the employment of the cook at the residence, and that she knew ordering the meals violated the rules.

When Netanyahu was told she may face a possible corruption trial in September previous year, the Office the Prime Minister's official Facebook page published a post denying Sara's involvement and said the allegations were "absurd and will be proven to be unfounded".

JERUSALEM-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife has been indicted on charges of fraud for allegedly ordering thousands of dollars of gourmet meals at government expense to the family's official residence.

Police have been investigating both of the Netanyahus over suspected corruption or fraud, with allegations that the prime minister traded favors for bribes from wealthy businessmen.

A statement from the attorney general's office last September said: "In this way, hundreds of meals from restaurants and chefs were fraudulently received in the order of 359,000 shekels". Israel's Ynet News says that the attorney general's office is seeking a three-judge panel to hold the trial, because of "the defendant's public position".

The scandal is, however, unlikely the latest case could cause significant political damage to her husband, who is riding high in opinion polls despite the allegations against him. The prime minister was questioned by police in that case last week.

Another investigation sees Netanyahu suspected of attempting to reach an agreement with the owner of Yediot Aharonot, a best-selling Israeli newspaper, for more favorable coverage.

Netanyahu has protested his innocence and vowed to remain in power, saying he is the victim of a "witch-hunt".

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