Israeli PM faces "Bibi Tours" investigation

15:11, April 06, 2011      

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Israel's State Control Committee on Tuesday granted State Comptroller's office to begin investigating whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is illicitly financed on his trips abroad.

The committee agreed to grant investigative privileges to Nahum Levi, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss' senior aide, local English daily Yediot Aharonoth reported.

A recent investigative report broadcast by Channel 10 claimed that Netanyahu used public funds, in addition to that of donors, for private purposes and trips abroad while in office.

Netanyahu may be facing an inquiry by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, if the latter's senior aide finds enough evidence to open a case.

The Israeli media has dubbed the controversy the "Bibi Tours" affair, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname.

Netanyahu recently said the affair was an attempt to bring him and the government down, emphasizing, in his words, that he plans to remain in the government for many years. The prime minister added that he had no intention of changing his political views, as a result of the charges.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak backed Netanyahu during an interview with Israel Radio last week, condemning the media's portrayal of the issues involved. He called the affair " superficial" and "shallow," adding that the prime minister was " not the only political figure in Israel to fly on private planes."

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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