JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Police investigating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have recommended to Israel’s attorney general that he be charged with bribery in two cases, Israeli news media reported on Tuesday.
Netanyahu, who denies wrongdoing, has been questioned several times since the start of 2017. Police can make only a recommendation; the final decision to indict rests with the attorney-general.
Israeli media have reported that one of the two cases involves the receipt of gifts from businessmen and the other is related to conversations Netanyahu is alleged to have held with an Israeli newspaper publisher about limiting competition in the news sector in exchange for more positive coverage.
Police were due to make the official announcement over their recommendations at 8:45 p.m. (18:45 GMT) and Netanyahu was due to respond with a live televised statement minutes later.
(Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Peter Graff)
Update: In a live television address, Netanyahu is refusing to resign:
Netanyahu: Police recommendations have no judicial meaning. Explains why he doesn't trust the investigators. Believes that the Prosecutor General will nullify them all.
— Arad Nir (@arad_nir) February 13, 2018
BREAKING: Netanyahu says he will continue to lead Israel pic.twitter.com/5XSrGuB6Xj
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