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Likud MKs renew efforts to shield Israeli PM from investigation

Monday 16/October/2017 - 09:53 PM
Sada El Balad
Likud lawmakers are gearing up to renew efforts to promote new legislation designed to make a serving prime minister immune from investigation، a move which Yedioth Ahronoth has learned is expected to be blocked by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit، as Ynet said.
Discussions about the controversial initiative، which has been dubbed the “French Bill” and which was originally promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu loyalist MK David “Dudi” Amsalem، were repeatedly postponed by the Knesset Ministerial Committee on Legislation.
The fresh impetus being injected into the legislation comes as the police prepare to renew corruption investigations involving the prime minister which were temporarily shelved for the High Holy Days period.
“The public that is the sovereign chooses the prime minister in order to lead the country، and that is what is most important،” Amsalem contended. “Unfortunately، they are taking a side issue and turning it into something important.”
Joining Amsalem at the forefront of the legislative battle being fought on behalf of Israel’s premier، swamped by a flood of corruption probes، is MK David Bitan، with the duo set to expedite in the coming weeks، according to report on Channel 2، the process for pushing the bill through in a bid to once and for all shield their boss from police scrutiny.
According to legal sources however، the postponement of investigations of incumbent prime ministers would be tantamount to inequality in law enforcement and send a message that the “prime minister is above the law.”
The proposed law would constitute an amendment to Israel’s Basic Law: The Government. The new bill stipulates that criminal investigations against a sitting prime minister cannot be conducted for corruption، fraud or breach of trust.

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