SCANDAL: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara begins trial for fraud

An Israeli F-16 warplane takes off to a mission in Lebanon from an air force base in northern Israel in

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday that he will meet with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the coming days.

Israeli prosecutors say Sarah Netanyahu is accused of misuse of funds, paying almost 100,000 U.S. dollars for food deliveries.

Sara Netanyahu, aged 59 and a high-profile presence at her husband's side throughout his long tenure, has denied any wrongdoing.

In Jerusalem the court began hearing the case of fraud in respect of the spouse of the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Sarah. Other former employees have accused her of mistreatment.

Netanyahu said he had spoken with Putin and the two agreed "to meet soon in order to continue the important inter-military security coordination". Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with Putin will be the fourth between the two leaders this year. The woman was accused of fraud under aggravating circumstances, violating the public trust and forgery.

Mr Netanyahu, Israel's political kingpin on track to become the country's longest-serving prime minister, has accrued a long list of detractors during his decades as a political operative from Israel to Washington.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu stand next to the dedication plaque of the USA embassy in Jerusalem, after the dedication ceremony of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. In 2016, a court ruled she abused an employee and awarded the man United States dollars 42,000 in damages. In them she complains about the quality of the food served at the prime minister's residence and uses expletives to describe the staff.

Netanyahu was last questioned on August 17 in "Case 4000", a corruption case involving Israel's telecom giant Bezeq.

Transcripts from police investigations have sporadically been leaked to the media, painting an unflattering picture of Netanyahu.

Another case involves suspicions that the premier and his family received luxury gifts from wealthy individuals in exchange for financial or personal favours.

Netanyahu is also suspected of similar offenses in "Case 2000", in which the police claim that the owner of "Yedioth Ahronoth" newspaper, Arnon Mozes, promised him positive coverage in return for restrictions imposed on the "Israel Hayom" rival newspaper.



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