Jerusalem (AFP) – Police questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spouse Sara on Friday, her lawyer mentioned, with media saying it was over new suspicions of fraudulently misusing public funds.
Public radio mentioned that Sara Netanyahu arrived on the headquarters of the Nationwide Fraud Squad, close to Tel Aviv, late within the morning.
There was no rapid affirmation from police, who’ve issued statements on earlier interrogations of the Netanyahus on a raft of various graft allegations.
However Sara Netanyahu’s lawyer mentioned late Friday afternoon, after the final spherical of questioning was over, that the suspicious, which might quantity to nothing had been one other illustration of the Netanyahus’ “persecution” by Israeli legislation enforcement authorities.
“On the finish of the investigation it’s going to develop into evident that this was one other case of fabrications and tales of the state witness Nir Hefetz, that are completely false,” Yossi Cohen mentioned of the Netanyahu household’s former spokesman.
“When the opposite instances crash, new lies are invented,” he mentioned.
“How for much longer will the persecution of the Netanyahu household proceed,” requested Cohen in a press release issued through the Netanyahu household’s spokesman.
On Sunday, police advisable charging the premier and his spouse for bribery and different offences.
It was the third such advice in opposition to them in latest months.
Netanyahu denied the accusations, however the instances in opposition to him have led to hypothesis that they might finally pressure the long-serving prime minister to step down.
Sara Netanyahu went on trial in October for allegedly utilizing state funds to fraudulently pay for lots of of meals.
Haaretz each day mentioned Friday that the most recent allegation in opposition to her pertains to fraudulent presentation to a authorities watchdog of receipts for charitable donations.
It mentioned that if the suspicions are verified, they might be added to proof in her present trial.
Police in February advisable indicting Netanyahu in two different corruption investigations.
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The premier has repeatedly referred to as the allegations in opposition to him a plot by his political enemies to pressure him from workplace.
The suggestions in February concerned separate instances of alleged bribery.
In a single, allegations in opposition to Netanyahu embody looking for a secret cope with the writer of Israel’s top-selling newspaper Yediot Aharonot to make sure optimistic protection in return for pushing ahead a legislation that may have restricted the circulation of a rival.
The opposite case entails suspicions the premier and his household obtained luxurious items from rich people in trade for monetary or private favours.
Netanyahu has been prime minister for a complete of greater than 12 years, from 1996 to 1999 and once more since 2009.
Polls counsel he would nonetheless win if elections had been to be held now regardless of the accusations.