Police probing possible corruption at Prime Minister’s Office
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Police probing possible corruption at Prime Minister’s Office

Investigators checking whether high-ranking officials swayed tenders to benefit preferred service providers

A general view of the Prime Minister's Office building in Jerusalem (Orel Cohen/Flash90)
A general view of the Prime Minister's Office building in Jerusalem (Orel Cohen/Flash90)

Police are probing possible corruption in the Prime Minister’s Office, with investigators checking whether tenders were swayed toward high-ranking officials’ preferred service providers, Channel 10 news reported Tuesday.

Investigators suspect tenders issued for certain services were a sham, the report said, with officials creating them only in order to award the jobs to their selected contractors.

Sources in the PMO have reportedly testified on the matter to police investigators.

PMO director-general Eli Groner denied any knowledge of a police probe.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is himself under investigation in two separate criminal probes.

Police are reportedly planning to recommend that he stand trial over suspicions he received illegal gifts and favors from businessmen while advancing their interests. In a second probe, investigators are looking into an alleged quid pro quo deal between Netanyahu and the publisher of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in both cases.

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