Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu charged with fraud and bribery

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu charged with fraud and bribery

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been charged in a series of corruption scandals.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit issued an indictment on Thursday charging Mr Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

Mr Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and said he is a victim of a witch-hunt. He is due to make a statement on Thursday evening.

The decision is likely to have a major impact on Mr Netanyahu’s chances of staying in office (Ronen Zvulun/Pool/AP)
The decision is likely to have a major impact on Mr Netanyahu’s chances of staying in office (Ronen Zvulun/Pool/AP)

But the decision to charge him is likely to deal a heavy blow to Mr Netanyahu’s hopes of remaining in office.

Israel has recently held two inconclusive elections, with a third likely amid an ongoing political impasse.

The allegations against Mr Netanyahu include suspicions that he accepted hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of champagne and cigars from billionaire friends, offered to trade favours with a newspaper publisher, and used his influence to help a wealthy telecoms magnate in exchange for favourable coverage on a popular news site.

More on this topic

Third Israeli election looms as Benjamin Netanyahu faces corruption chargesThird Israeli election looms as Benjamin Netanyahu faces corruption charges

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu cries ‘coup’ amid corruption chargesIsrael PM Benjamin Netanyahu cries ‘coup’ amid corruption charges

Israeli PM awaits decision on corruption chargesIsraeli PM awaits decision on corruption charges

Israel closer to another election as Netanyahu rival fails to form coalitionIsrael closer to another election as Netanyahu rival fails to form coalition

More in this Section

Labour accuses BBC of ‘biased’ election coverage in letter to director generalLabour accuses BBC of ‘biased’ election coverage in letter to director general

‘Mighty mice’ on board supply mission to space station‘Mighty mice’ on board supply mission to space station

Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Aramco valued at 1.7 trillion dollars in IPOSaudi Arabia’s oil giant Aramco valued at 1.7 trillion dollars in IPO

Johnson denies knowledge of tax burden rising under ToriesJohnson denies knowledge of tax burden rising under Tories


Lifestyle

The Marquee in Cork dominated the gig news this week, with a string of announcements for what is expected to be the final year at the Monahan Road venue before the site is developedScene + Heard: The most played artist on Spotify and all the latest music news

Esther N McCarthy picks perfect paperweights, brilliant books and Christmas collectables this week.Brilliant books and Christmas collectables - here's our wish list

John Spillane tells Ellie O’Byrne how he’s hoping to fund his next album by taking the bardic route of writing unique compositions for people on whatever they’d like‘I’ll write you a song for €1,000' - John Spillane's unique way to fund new album

From starring in a Cork-set film, to securing a role in Ridley Scott’s major new HBO series, it has been quite a year for Niamh Algar, writes Esther McCarthyIreland’s next big thing: Niamh Algar on her incredible year

More From The Irish Examiner