High Court rejects NGO petition to make Netanyahu a suspect in Case 3000

'The Submarine Affair' involved a deal with Germany over nuclear submarines in which certain top defense officials and Netanyahu officials allegedly illegally skimmed off the top.

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February 28, 2019 17:46
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu climbs out of the 'Rahav,' the fifth submarine in the navy's fleet

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu climbs out of the 'Rahav,' the fifth submarine in the navy's fleet, in 2017. (photo credit: BAZ RATNER/REUTERS)

 
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The High Court of Justice on Thursday rejected an NGO petition to compel Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to declare Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a suspect in Case 3000, "the Submarine Affair."

"The Submarine Affair" allegedly involved a deal with Germany over nuclear submarines in which certain top defense officials and Netanyahu officials illegally skimmed off the top.

In November 2018, the police recommended public corruption charges against a large number of top Netanyahu aides.

However, under orders from Mandelblit, Netanyahu was never questioned or treated as a suspect in the case, and was only questioned as a fact witness.


The Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel argued that Mandelblit should have at least had Netanyahu questioned as a suspect based on large amounts of information leaked to the press and the many Netanyahu top aides involved.

The main argument was that it was implausible that so many Netanyahu aides were involved in the scheme without him knowing.

The court rejected the petition, saying that Mandelblit had much more information than they had in order to make the correct decision.

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