Netanyahu to be questioned, Bezeq proposes new board members

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By Middle East Affairs

As the Israeli prime minister is called in for questioning on corruption charges, a leading telecom company will consider new board members after related fraud allegations, news agencies report.

Benjamin Netanayhu has been questioned seven times by the police since 2017, and it’s all led up police recommending two indictment charges against the prime minister for graft, fraud and breach of trust, AFP reports.

Radio and television reported Sunday he would be questioned on Friday in alleged attempts to bribe telecommunications company Bezeq for positive coverage.

According to reports, Shaul Elovitch, Bezeq’s controlling shareholder, is accused of giving Netanyahu positive coverage on the Walla! news site in exchange for policies benefiting the business.

In response to the allegations, three directors of Bezeq’s parent company have resigned and the board is looking to appoint new members, Reuters reports.

Each resigned member denies any wrongdoing. Others are calling for the resignation of the entire board.

According to the news agency, the probe is threatening to create a power vacuum in the country’s largest telecom group.

 

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