AG to recommend PM be indicted for breach of trust in Case 2000

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has decided that Prime Minister Brnjamin Netanyahu should be indicted for breach of trust in Case 2000 pending a hearing, Channel 12 and Channel 13 report. The attorney-general will likely announce the decision tomorrow, the TV channels say.

Case 2000 focuses on suspicions that the premier and Yedioth Ahronoth owner Arnon “Noni” Mozes made an illicit agreement that would have seen the premier economically hobble rival daily Israel Hayom in return for more favorable coverage from Yedioth. Mozes will likely be charged with bribery in that case, Channels 12 and 13 report.

Channel 12 reports that Mandelblit intends to charge Netanyahu with bribery, pending a hearing, in Case 4000, in which the premier is suspected of advancing regulatory decisions that benefited Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder in Bezeq, the country’s largest telecommunications firm, in exchange for positive coverage from Elovitch’s Walla news site.

And the channel reports that Mandeblit will recommend Netanyahu be charged with breach of trust in Case 1000, in which the prime minister is suspected of receiving benefits worth about NIS 1 million ($282,000) from billionaire benefactors in exchange for favors.

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