נתניהו באולם בית המשפט
Prime Minister Netanyahu in a Jerusalem court for the first hearing of his corruption charges
Photo: Amit Shabi
Prime Minister Netanyahu in a Jerusalem court for the first hearing of his corruption charges

Permits committee shuns Netanyahu's request for legal aid

State Comptroller's panel accepts AG's opinion that NIS 10m donation from U.S. billionaire, who is also a witness in one of PM's corruption cases, could not be accepted under Israeli law

Tova Zimuki |
Published: 07.02.20 , 19:46
The state comptroller's permits committee on Thursday said it will not discuss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request to raise NIS 10 million from donors to finance his legal defense in his criminal trial.
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  • Netanyahu had asked the board to allow the sizeable donation from American real-estate magnate Spencer Partrich.
    נתניהו באולם בית המשפטנתניהו באולם בית המשפט
    Prime Minister Netanyahu in a Jerusalem court for the first hearing of his corruption charges
    (Photo: Amit Shabi)
    The committee then asked Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's opinion on the matter, given the fact that Partrich is a witness in one of the premier's corruption cases.
    המיליונר ספנסר פרטרידג' עם רה"מ בנימין נתניהוהמיליונר ספנסר פרטרידג' עם רה"מ בנימין נתניהו
    Prime Minister Netanyahu and American billionaire Spencer Partrich
    (Photo: David Rubinger )
    On Tuesday, Mandelblit told the State Comptroller's Office that he opposed Netanyahu's request, stating that public servants are prohibited from receiving such amounts under Israeli law.
    Following the decision, Netanyahu lashed out at the attorney general.
    "Once again, it seems like there is one law for Netanyahu and another for everyone else. This is what a political investigation looks like, ending with a political indictment," Netanyahu said via associates to the media.
    הצהרה אביחי מנדלבליט על תיקי נתניהו הצהרה אביחי מנדלבליט על תיקי נתניהו
    Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit
    (Photo: GPO)
    Netanyahu also went on to accuse Mandelblit of orchestrating a "coup d'etat" to unseat him from power.
    The panel also decided to not renew hearings on a retroactive request from Netanyahu to receive $300,000 in funds for legal fees from his cousin, Nathan Milikowski.
    Since the request was previously rejected by the committee, Netanyahu will have to pay $30,000 of the funds back to Milikowski.
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