Police have reportedly completed their review of problematic evidence in a corruption probe against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sent it back to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit ahead of the expected indictment of the premier next week.
The Walla news site quoted a source involved in the issue, who said police had not carried out new investigations, but rather had re-processed existing material gathered during the investigation.
The case files were reopened due to claims by Netanyahu’s lawyers during the pre-indictment hearings last month relating to Case 4000.
The source told Walla that the review was complete and the files had now been sent back to Mandelblit.
In Case 4000, Netanyahu is suspected of pushing regulatory decisions financially benefiting the controlling shareholder of the Bezeq telecommunications group, Shaul Elovitch, in return for ongoing positive coverage from Bezeq’s Walla news site. It is the most serious of the three cases against the prime minister, carrying possible charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.
According to a report by the Kan broadcaster earlier Sunday, Mandelblit studied correspondence between associates of the prime minister and the owner and the CEO of the Walla news site. He also looked at past headlines featured on the site.