Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dedi, the singer, accused of bribing Netanyahu

A popular Orthodox Jewish singer has been accused of transferring hundreds of thousands of shekels to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli attorney general said in a statement.

Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is investigating the claim that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took thousands of shekels in cash from a businessman named Dedi Graucher.

An initial investigation was prompted by a report on an Israeli television channel over two years ago that claimed the prime minister
accepted the financing of private trips for himself and his family while in public office.

The Ministry of Justice issued a statement saying that former State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss had received information about the alleged incident during the investigation of the "Bibi-Tours Affair." The Attorney General asked the police in May 2012 to review the information and determine if there was sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal investigation.

Netanyahu has denied all allegations.

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