Billionaire Packer summoned to testify

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February 3, 2017 00:06
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Police issued a summons to Australian billionaire James Packer to testify in the ongoing graft probe against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Channel 1 News reported on Thursday night, without specifying when it was issued.

Since Packer is not an Israeli citizen and lives in Australia, it is unclear where he will be questioned.

Police reportedly suspect that Packer gave the prime minister’s son, Yair Netanyahu, lavish gifts, including free hotel rooms and flights, in order to influence the elder Netanyahu, in what police have termed Case 1000.

Yair Netanyahu, 25, was questioned by police on January 17.

Allegations that the prime minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, and the prime minister received hundreds of thousands of shekels worth of champagne and cigars from Israeli Hollywood movie mogul Arnon Milchan are also being probed as part of Case 1000.

Netanyahu has also been under fire in two other police investigations – Cases 2000 and 3000.

In Case 2000, the police are looking into the confidential meetings Netanyahu and Yediot Aharonot publisher Arnon “Noni” Mozes allegedly held throughout 2014. The latter, whom the police have questioned six times, has reportedly provided investigators with details that shed light on the affair and implicate the prime minister.

In Case 3000, also known as the “submarine affair,” Netanyahu’s personal lawyer and cousin is suspected of improper conduct in the acquisition of submarines and other warships from Germany.

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