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Police to forego Packer's testimony in Netanyahu's 'gifts affair'
The investigation of Case 1000, which deals with the gifts allegedly received by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is nearing completion; due to the difficulty in investigating Australian businessman James Packer who is abroad, the police intend to forego his testimony and settle for the evidence collected thus far.
For months, investigators have sought to collect testimony from James Packer to find out whether he had given presents to the Netanyahu family, but the police failed to reach him because he spends most of his time on his yacht, Amnon Abramovich revealed on Channel 2 news.

 

 

According to Yedioth Ahronoth, the reason for the investigators' decision to give up on Packer is the testimony of Hadas Klein, Arnon Milchan and Packer's personal assistant, who provided valuable information to the interrogators.

 

Netanyahu, Packer (Photos: Amit Shaabi, Getty Images)
Netanyahu, Packer (Photos: Amit Shaabi, Getty Images)

 

Klein, a resident of Herzliya, is one of the closest people to Milchan, and on his recommendation, has also helped Packer in recent years. Klein testified for hours and exposed what the Netanyahu couple wanted and what they had received; She actually bought the presents that Netanyahu and his wife had asked for, and was worried about transferring them to them.

 

Hadas Klein, Milchan and Packer's personal assistant
Hadas Klein, Milchan and Packer's personal assistant

 

Packer's testimony was important, but the investigators wanted to bring the case to an end and they decided that it could be done without his testimony. Netanyahu is likely to undergo another investigation.

 

The prime minister said in response, "What a surprise! After countless leaks that the police will recommend the prime minister be prosecuted, was it possible to imagine that they would admit the simple truth: that there is nothing—because there was nothing."

 

(Translated and edited by N. Elias)

 

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