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Ex-aide to Israeli PM arrested in submarine probe

06 September 2017

At a rally last week, the prime minister also accused Naftali of stealing food from the residence.

"The infrastructure in Israel is insufficient, particularly in the area of public transportation, and mainly in the major cities, but also in the electricity delivery system and in communications infrastructure", she said.

Her husband is also dealing with legal woes; the prime minister is now under investigation in four different cases related to bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

The paper said that she and her hubby have accused the former chief caretaker of the official residence, Meni Naftali, who is leading protests against the prime minister, of inflating the expenses at the residence. The court issued a gag order on his testimony, but before the order was issued, parts of Ganor's testimony were published, indicating that attorney David Shimron, a relative and close associate of Netanyahu, was going to earn 20% of the sale of three submarines from Germany to Israel, estimated at roughly $1.5 billion.

The prosecution also suspects that Sara used state funds to buy furniture for the couple's private house in Caesarea. The Israeli police recommended filing charges against her as early as May 2016.

"This is a dynamic investigation", the source reportedly said.

He denies any wrongdoing. Israel's Channel 2 TV reported on September 2 that she had taken a private lie detector test in a bid to support her statements.

The couple's lawyer has said that there is a sustained media campaign to "persecute the Netanyahu family". "To the cup of tea the housekeeper served Mrs. Netanyahu's 97-year-old father, who lived in her home while on his deathbed?", Yossi Cohen asked. The first one refers to allegations the politician received bribes from an Israeli-American businessman.

Police suspect Sharan of bribery, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The questioning came a day after six people were detained in connection with the case, including a former chief of the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Several opposition members have called on the Israeli PM to step down. "They are trying to get me, attempting to topple the Right", Netanyahu said at that time, adding that he has "nothing to fear".

Ex-aide to Israeli PM arrested in submarine probe