For the second successive year, Transparency International ranks Israel in its highest category for enforcement against bribery of foreign officials.
Drucker’s investigative report broadcast Wednesday on the Hebrew-language Channel 13, included a recording of Shaul Elovich, a personal friend of Netanyahu and a majority shareholder in the Bezeq telecommunications company, appearing to discuss with with former Walla news CEO Ilan Yeshua how to frame news coverage of Netanyahu so as to present the leader in a positive light.
Bezeq fully owns the Hebrew-language Walla website.
The probe of Giuliani, which one official said could also include possible charges on violating laws against bribing foreign officials or conspiracy, presents a serious threat to Trump’s presidency from a man that former national security adviser John Bolton has called a “hand grenade.”
(17.8.2018) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was questioned in his home today (Friday) by police investigators, regarding an alleged tit-for-tat between himself and media mogul Shaul Alovich, who served as Communications Ministry Director under Netanyahu.
Netanyahu is now convinced that the case – known as Case 4000 – „has collapsed for good,“ according to sources close to him.
(5.8.2018) Supreme Court Justice Isaac Amit on Sunday ordered police to return jewelry worth 600,000 shekels ($162,200) to Shaul and Iris Elovitch because it was seized without a court order.
The jewels were confiscated during the investigation of Case 4000 (the Bezeq bribery case). Amit said that taking the jewelry without a court order was illegal, thereby overturning rulings by the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s and District courts, and contrary to the state’s position.
The top two benefactors in the case, Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian casino mogul James Packer, reportedly stood to gain tax advantages determined by a change in their visa circumstances.
Both gave evidence in the investigation, and while police also recommended charging Milchan, Packer was not considered a suspect.
Monday’s report did not mention the second investigation, Case 2000.