Police probing fraud case among Netanyahu’s staff

June 1, 2020 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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The police have launched an investigation into alleged false testimony giving by staff members at the Netanyahus’ official residence in favour of Sara Netanyahu during a trial accusing her of mistreating an employee.

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit holds a press conference at the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem, announcing his decision that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will stand trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three different corruption cases, dubbed by police Case 1000, Case 2000 and Case 4000. Nov. 21, 2019.
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Netanyahu’s former employee Shira Raban is suing her claiming the premier’s wife mistreated her during her time at the residence and is seeking damages over alleged mistreatment and harassment.

The Police’s Lahav 433 National Unit for Fraud Investigations stated Sunday that an investigation is underway concerning suspicions regarding testimony and affidavits given by two employees at the Prime Minister’s Residence during the civil suit.

“The investigation is being conducted with the approval of the Attorney General and the supervision and supervision of the State Attorney’s Office,” the police stated.

The police declined to elaborate or provide further details on the ongoing investigations.

Responding to the news, Yossi Cohen, the Netanyahus’ attorney, accused Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit of “subjugating the police for obsessive and tendentious persecution of the Netanyahu family in an attempt to overthrow the Israeli prime minister.”

Mandelblit, in response, rejected Cohen’s “baseless false claims.”

The two sides have been exchanging blows for years, with the Netanyahus accusing Mandelblit of falsely launching witch hunts against them to undemocratically unseat a prime minister, in the service of the left.

Netanyahu is currently facing three corruption cases in court for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

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