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Netanyahu’s attorney ‘welcomes’ probe in naval purchases affair

David Shimron, the personal attorney to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, says he is convinced a new police probe into conflict of interest and corruption suspicions will clear him of wrongdoing.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit earlier today ordered the police to open a probe into allegations Shimron used his closeness with Netanyahu to advance the interests of German shipbuilders ThyssenKrupp as Israel’s Defense Ministry sought to purchase new navy ships.

“I welcome the attorney general’s decision to open an inquiry,” he says in a Wednesday statement to the media. “I’m certain that after the facts are examined by objective professionals, it will become clear once and for all that there was no wrongdoing whatsoever in my actions, and everything was conducted in accordance with the law and conflict-of-interest arrangements.”

He adds: “It goes without saying that I will cooperate with the inquiry as required.”

The probe does not directly target Netanyahu, according to reports. The prime minister denies any knowledge of Shimron’s links to the company that won government contracts at the PM’s instruction.

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