Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Wife of Israeli prime minister goes on trial for fraud

Wife of Israeli prime minister goes on trial for fraud

It is noted that Benjamin Netanyahu, the police have recommended filing charges in two separate cases in which we are talking about receiving luxurious gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars and attempt to agree on joint actions with the owner of one of the most influential publications of the Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth.

She arrived at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court to face the start of her trial, surrounded by her lawyer and security guards, and made no comments at the site. He denies all allegations of wrongdoing, and is not required to stand down unless convicted.

According to rules, meals can not be ordered from the prime minister's residence when a cook is employed. She was not asked to enter a plea.

According to her indictment, Netanyahu acted "to circumvent the rules and conditions" governing the prime minister's official residence "in order to fraudulently obtain state funding for various expenses for the accused and her family that were not supposed to be financed in this manner". In 2016, a court ruled she abused a housekeeper and awarded the man €36,000 in damages.

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The allegations against Mr Netanyahu include trying to strike a secret deal with the publisher of Israel's top newspaper for favourable coverage in exchange for supporting a law that would limit the main rival's circulation. The state is also authorized to foot the bill for private guests of the prime minister and his or her spouse so long as this is not a social or family event involving more than 20 people.

In June, the court charged the wife of the Prime Minister of Israel on charges of embezzlement of budget funds for personal needs.

There is also an ongoing inquiry into the prime minister's ties with local telecoms giant Bezeq and its largest shareholder, Shaul Elovitch. In recent months, one key former advisor to the Netanyahu family has turned state witness, raising the stakes against them.

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