Ex-Netanyahu spokesman arrested in Israeli corruption probe

For attempting to bribe judge

20 February, 12:17

    TEL AVIV - Premier Benyamin Netanyahu is at the center of a political storm after the arrest of some of his associates, including his former councilor for relations with the media, Nir Hefetz, and Shaul Elovitch, a businessman who controls telecommunications giant Bezeq and popular online daily 'Walla', as part of a corruption probe.
    Police in charge of the so-called 'Dossier 4000' probe are investigating whether Bezeq obtained significant benefits from the ministry of communication (when the interim minister was Netanyahu) in exchange for Walla's support.
    The prime minister and his wife Sara Netanyahu will probably be questioned by investigators, according to media reports.
    Meanwhile Maariv reported that Hefetz's detention has been extended because, according to the paper, he allegedly put pressure on judge Hila Gerstel to close an investigation that was ongoing at the time against Sara Netanyahu.
    In exchange, Gerstel was allegedly offered to become a legal advisor to the government. The position instead went to Avichay Mandelblit. According to Maariv, Gerstel reported the episode to the police and investigators are now verifying whether Hefetz acted on his own.

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