Published On: Thu, Jul 7th, 2016

French Tycoon Linked to Netanyahu Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

Armaud Mirman and PM Netanyahu -Reuters,   AFP

 

A Paris court on Thursday sentenced Frach billionaire Arnaud Mimran, an alleged associate of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a carbon-tax fraud named by French media “the sting of the century.” Mimran convicted for the theft of 282 million euros from the French Finance Ministry and sentenced to eight years in prison.

According to Haaretz, in court, when answering a questiona about one of the central witness,  Mimran claimed that he transfered $200, 000 to Benjamin Netanyahu for the latter’s 2009 election campaign. donation far exceeds the maximum sum an Israeli politician is permitted to receive from aprivate source.  Netanyahu says the only money he ever received from Mimran was a $40, 000 donation in 2001.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz found evidence that Mimran indeed traveled to Israel exactly at the time of the 2009 election, flying on a private jet to Israel on Febraury 2 and returning to France on February 5, then flying to Israel on February 10 and returning on February 12. The election took place on February 10.

From this point on Mimran have changed multiple times his story. He said he had given one million euros ($1.1 million) to Netanyahu in 2001, when the politician was not in public office. He later said that he intended to say one million francs, which equaled 170, 000 euros.

He told than to Israel’s Channel 2 News that he may have been mistaken about the sums. “In any case there was nothing illegal on Bibi’s part, I gave him some money and invited him on vacations in Monaco and Courchevel. The total amount of the vacations and money transfer is about a million French francs, which is around 150, 000 euros.”

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