Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu faces corruption charges

Israeli police say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged over alleged bribery cases.

A police statement said there was enough evidence to indict Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.

One case centres on an allegation that Netanyahu asked the publisher of an Israeli newspaper for positive coverage in exchange for help in reining in a rival publication.

The second allegation centres on a claim that Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister since 2009, received gifts worth at least a million shekels ($283,000; £204,000) from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and other supporters.

‘The Jerusalem Post’ says the gifts included champagne and cigars, and were given in exchange for help getting Milchan a U.S visa.

Speaking on Israeli television, Netanyahu said the allegations were baseless and that he would continue as prime minister.

The allegations, he said, ‘will end with nothing’.

(Agencies)

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