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Israeli State Prosecutor says PM investigations could be finished in coming weeks

Friday 12/January/2018 - 08:17 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Israeli State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan on Thursday evening addressed the ongoing criminal cases against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu، rejecting allegations of deliberate delays in the investigations as "baseless" and "false، as Ynet said."
"My hope is that the police will submit their recommendations in the coming weeks،" he said at the Globes Israel Business Conference at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem.
According to Nitzan، "the investigation will end once all the state's needs have been exhausted.
"I read a piece by some journalist who said we had enough information. Apparently he has wonderful sources. I want to tell him، and in general، that if you imagine that the investigation of the prime minister is easy، then it is just that: your imagination،" he said.
Nitzan added that "the State Prosecutor's Office and the judicial authority in Israel are completely independent. The State Prosecutor's Office examines every case without fear and with strict impartiality، as evidenced by the indictments and convictions of public officials and elected officials from all walks of life and the political spectrum in recent years.
"Extensive corruption is something we are not proud of، and we would prefer a society in which government corruption did not spread. But as long as، unfortunately، there is corruption in the government، including by senior officials in the central government and in local government، the fact that the police are investigating without fear، and the State Prosecutor's Office is serving indictments without trepidation، indicates the independence of the prosecution system."

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