Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of a bribe, fraud, and breach of trust in two cases, Police tells court on Thursday in a request to impose a gag order on negotiations with Ari Haro, former chief of staff to become a state witness.
According to the police, “the order applies to every detail of the negotiations process with Ari Harrow and his representative and the content of the statements made during the negotiations.” The gag order is valid until 17 September.
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Netanyahu is suspected in the gift affair (case 1000) and in the Netanyahu-Mozes affair (case 2000).
The information Haro provided allegedly indicated criminal connections between the prime minister and people in his inner circles.
Ari Haro, for years one of PM’s closest political associates, is in talks with police to give evidence, allegedly in exchange for a lesser sentence over accusations of wrongdoing in the sale of his consulting company.
People close to Netanyahu said: “We reject outright the false allegations made against the prime minister, and the hunt for replacing the government is in full swing, but he is doomed to failure for a simple reason: there will be nothing because there was nothing.”
Last week, in another case the “submarines scandal” (case 3000) a businessman and key player in an allegedly corrupt deal to buy submarines from Germany, Miki Ganor, struck a deal with authorities to become a state witness.