Rabat – In the wake of the corruption accusations surrounding Benyamin Netanyahu, several Israelis were arrested in what the police are calling “Case 4000.”
Seven Israeli members of Netanyahu’s innermost circle were arrested less than a week ago on charges of bribing regulators, fraud, money laundering, corporate breach of trust, among other charges. This circle includes Shaul Elovitch, a close friend of the prime minister who runs an Israeli telecommunications giant named Bezeq Group.
Nir Hefetz, Netanyahu’s former family spokesperson for many years also figures among the persons arrested, on suspicion of obstruction of justice and accepting bribes.
A lawyer for Elovitch told CNN: “Shaul Elovitch vehemently denies the suspicions against him. We suggest that you be patient and do not rush to conclusions. We are certain that when things clear up, it will be possible to realize that he did not commit any offense.”
However, several Israeli news outlets reported on Sunday that Netanyahu, who denied any wrongdoing, is not currently facing any charges, though he and his spouse are expected to be questioned,.
On the other hand, at the annual Munich Security Conference attended by Netanyahu, he said “the arrests of members of his close circle revealed yet another futile investigation, a contrived bubble that will burst.”