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Netanyahu’s ex-chief of staff questioned by police

Ari Harow, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is once again facing police investigators Monday, reportedly in connection with a corruption investigation against the prime minister.

Harow was detained by police at Ben Gurion Airport Thursday morning and taken in for some 14 hours of questioning, after which he was released to house arrest.

In December, he was questioned by police under caution for a “range” of offenses he was suspected to have committed while working in the Prime Minister’s Office. But on Thursday and Monday, investigators in the Israel Police’s high-profile crimes unit interrogated Harow about suspected corruption by Netanyahu himself, Israel Radio reported.

The Los Angeles-born Harow was appointed chief of staff of the PMO in 2014, serving there for a year before leaving to run the 2015 election campaign for Netanyahu’s Likud party.

He first worked for Netanyahu as foreign affairs adviser during his spell as leader of the opposition. He then spearheaded the 2009 election campaign that catapulted Netanyahu back to office. Following the election, he served as the prime minister’s bureau chief until 2010, managing the prime minister’s schedule and advising him on a range of issues.

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