Chief justice to testify on alleged offer to judge from Netanyahu ally — report

Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut will provide testimony to police on an alleged illicit offer a Netanyahu associate made to a judge, Hadashot TV news reports.

According to a Haaretz report, Hila Gerstel told Hayut she had been offered the post of attorney general in 2015 by former Netanyahu spokesman Nir Hefetz in exchange for stopping an investigation of the prime minister’s wife Sara Netanyahu. Gerstel and Hayut, who has since been appointed president of the Supreme Court, are reported to be close friends.

Gerstel, now retired, is also expected to provide testimony to police.

Hefetz is currently being held by police over his suspected involvement in so-called Case 4000, which involves suspicions Netanyahu made policies that would financially benefit Bezeq telecommunications Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for favorable coverage form his Walla news site.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut at a hearing at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on January 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

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