In practice, the proposed law would permit parties‘ representatives to maintain a database of voters and record their conversations both inside and outside the polls
Instead of holding his tongue, and thanking the good Lord and the exhausted, hesitant, merciful prosecution for the VIP criminal procedure it granted his wife, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose the second option, the one close to his heart: Slandering law enforcement and baseless, ridiculous self-pity.
In addition to the fraud case, she has faced mistreatment accusations from employees and was described in a newspaper as “Israel’s Marie Antoinette”.
In 2017, Netanyahu was ordered to pay tens of thousands of pounds in damages in a dispute with two former domesticstaff who accused her of bullying. She faces a third lawsuit from an employee who alleged staff were treated like “slaves”.
In the past, pre-indictment hearings in cases of a similar scope have dragged on for more than a year.
Once Netanyahu’s hearing is over, Mendelblit will reconvene the approximately 20 prosecutors he has consulted on the case and make a final decision on whether to leave the indictment unchanged, soften the charges or scrap them altogether.
Justice Hanan Melcer cites testimonies by Likud officials based on hidden cameras; calls on Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to launch an investigation
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 8 years in prison.
Her lawyers slammed the indictment, describing it as „false and hallucinatory“.
Maurizio Cordina, a lawyer representing Malta’s Attorney General, said the case was “a desperate maneuver by Mr Degiorgio to delay, if not block” the trial, adding that Bajada had simply gathered evidence and had not worked with the FBI.
The case against Degiorgio is built mostly around intercepts of mobile phone data compiled by the FBI and Bajada.
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.
(8.4.2018) It is likely that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit will be filing an indictment against Sara Netanyahu imminently now that Passover is over, The Jerusalem Post has confirmed.
The exact timing, however, is still undecided and it is possible that it could take weeks, rather than days.