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Netanyahu ‘corruption charges recommended’

Netanyahu ‘corruption charges recommended’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister"s office in Jerusalem on February 11, 2018. Image copyright AFP/Getty Images

Israeli police are to recommend that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged over alleged bribery cases, the country’s media report.

Police questioned Mr Netanyahu as part of an inquiry into corruption allegations last month.

At the time, he said: “Nothing will happen, because there is nothing.”

Israeli media say police will announce there is enough evidence to indict Mr Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in two separate cases.

One case centres on an allegation that Mr Netanyahu asked the publisher of a Israeli newspaper for positive coverage in exchange for help in reining in a rival publication.

The second centres on a claim that Mr Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister since 2009, received more than $100,000 (£72,000) in gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and other supporters.

He denies both allegations.

A final decision on whether Mr Netanyahu should face charges will come down to the attorney general’s office.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said any prime minister who has been charged should not be obliged to resign.