Wife of Israeli PM stands trial for fraud

Wife of Israeli PM stands trial for fraud

ANKARA (Rahnuma): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, will stand trial on fraud allegations on Sunday, according to Israeli daily Haaretz.

Sunday’s session will see judges of the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court hear requests by prosecutors for the case to be heard by a panel of three judges than one as provided by law.

Sara has been indicted for fraud for allegedly using public funds to pay for expensive restaurant meals.

According to the indictment, Sara instructed staff at the Prime Minister’s Jerusalem residence to order private meals worth some 350,000 Israeli shekels (roughly $96,600) in the period from 2010 to 2013.

Netanyahu and his family have been the subject of criminal investigations over corruption and fraud allegations.

In February, Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for alleged corruption, saying there was now sufficient evidence to formally charge him in two separate graft cases.

The first case involves Israeli Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, who was allegedly asked to purchase luxury items for Netanyahu and his wife.

The second relates to an alleged deal — again for favorable media coverage — with Arnon Mozes, publisher of Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth.

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