Israel P.M. Netanyahu to face corruption probe

Jan 02, 2017, 6:24 AM EST
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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According to Israel’s local media, police will question Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in relation to the allegations that he and his family received gifts and favors from businessmen in Israel and abroad. Israel's Justice Ministry and police however, downplayed the report that any criminal investigation was being launched, claiming that that it contained “speculations and disinformation.”

Netanyahu, who earlier admitted to accepting money from French tycoon Arnaud Mimran as a fund for public activities, dismissed the accusations as “baseless,” reports Al Jazeera.

The Israeli leader is also under the scanner over an alleged conflict of interest in the purchase of Dolphin-class submarines from a German firm. A preliminary investigation into Netanyahu’s personal finances was ordered in early July, writes Deutsche Welle