'Businessman allegedly gave PM 1000s of shekels'

A-G investigating allegation businessman passed cash to Netanyahu via his driver; police: No evidentiary basis to claim.

January 6, 2013 21:13
PM Netanyahu at cabinet meeting

PM Netanyahu at cabinet meeting 370 (R). (photo credit: Pool / Emil Zalman / Haaretz)


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Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein is investigating a claim that a businessman transferred hundreds of thousands of shekels to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Channel 10 revealed Sunday night.

It was suspected that a haredi businessman called Dede Grauker gave the cash to Netanyahu's chauffeur and told him to deliver it to the prime minister.

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Two PMO employees were allegedly witness to the event and passed on the details to the police.

In response to the Channel 10 report the Justice Ministry released a statement saying that the former state comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss had received information about the alleged incident during the investigation into the "Bibi-Tours Affair." The state comptroller passed the information to the Attorney-General, who instructed the police in May 2012 to review the information and determine whether there was enough evidence to justify a criminal investigation.

A month ago, the police handed the Attorney-General the conclusions of its investigation, saying that there was not an evidentiary foundation to justify opening a criminal investigation into the case.

The police findings were transferred to officials in the State Attorney's office where they are currently under review. 

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