Israeli PM questioned for 6th time in corruption probe

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Israeli Chief of Police Roni Alsheich seen with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a welcoming ceremony held in Alsheich's honour, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on December 3, 2015.

It has been reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will once again be questioned by police with regards to his involvement in what is known as the "1000 file". Most legal opinions are of the belief that if indicted, Netanyahu would have to vacate his position.

Horev alleged that the prime minister was looking for a fight. "He is trying to draw to police into a personal battle", he said at the time.

Since past year, Netanyahu has been the subject of a criminal investigation in two separate corruption cases.

Arnon Milchan (center) with Shimon Peres (left) and Benjamin Netanyahu, March 28, 2005.

The second case relates to allegations that Netanyahu struck a deal for more favorable media coverage with Arnon Mozes, publisher of popular Hebrew-language newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

Police agents handling the investigation are expected to present to Netanyahu evidence that they have gathered from other businessmen during the investigation.

In a statement, the Israeli police said Netanyahu had been interrogated for "several hours" in his Jerusalem residence. Prime Minister Netanyahu denies all of the charges, but prosecutors are believed to be in possession of tapes discovered in the course of another investigation of a Netanyahu subordinate that contain the actual conversation in which the deal was proffered.

"Lior Horev should never have been hired by the police due to his political affiliations and his public opposition toward politicians and elected officials, which in itself is unprecedented under democratic rule", Amsalem wrote in a statement.

Two weeks ago, it was reported that the attorney of the Public Security Ministry issued a report that said Horev breached the terms of his contract because he used his Twitter account to criticize political figures.



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