Ne­tanyahu aides de­tained, PM’s wife takes poly­graph amid crim­i­nal probes

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(JNS.org) The Is­rael Po­lice re­port­edly ar­rested sev­eral mil­i­tary of­fi­cers and for­mer as­so­ci­ates of Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu early Sun­day amid the mul­ti­ple cor­rup­tion cases against the Is­raeli leader.

The ar­rests were pur­port­edly ini­ti­ated as part of the probe dubbed “Case 3,000,” which in­volves a $1.5 bil­lion deal to ac­quire three ad­di­tional sub­marines for the Is­raeli Navy from the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer ThyssenKrupp Marine Sys­tems (TKMS).

The fact that Ne­tanyahu’s per­sonal at­tor­ney, David Shom­ron, rep­re­sents TKMS in Is­rael sparked an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that saw a for­mer IDF gen­eral de­tained for ques­tion­ing in mid-July along with sev­eral other sus­pects, over al­le­ga­tions of bribery and money laun­der­ing.

The Is­rael Po­lice Sun­day con­firmed the ar­rests of six sus­pects, stat­ing that the of­fi­cials were de­tained and had their homes and of­fices searched “in or­der to ap­pre­hend doc­u­ments rel­e­vant to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Ne­tanyahu has re­peat­edly de­nied any wrong­do­ing in Case 3,000 and in the two other cor­rup­tion probes against him, “Case 1,000” and “Case 2,000.”

In early Au­gust, Ne­tanyahu’s for­mer chief of staff, Ari Harow, signed a deal to be­come a state wit­ness in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, in­creas­ing spec­u­la­tion that the prime min­is­ter could be in­dicted on cor­rup­tion charges.

Last week, Ne­tanyahu’s wife Sara took a pri­vate poly­graph test ahead of her ex­pected in­dict­ment in con­nec­tion with Case 1,000, for al­le­ga­tions of im­proper be­hav­ior and mis­use of state funds. She was found to be telling the truth re­gard­ing “her ver­sion of the events,” ac­cord­ing to the Tal Poly­graph cen­ter.

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