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    Ex-Israeli Chief of Staff Becomes Witness in Corruption Cases Against Netanyahu

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    Ari Harow, a former chief of staff in the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has become a state's witness in two corruption cases against the top-level politician, local media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, Israeli police confirmed that Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu, who is serving the fourth term in office, allegedly took luxury gifts from a businessman and offered a newspaper a legal edge over its competitor in exchange for favorable coverage.

    According to the Haaretz newspaper, Harow provided testimony regarding the investigations, dubbed Case 2000 by police, referring to meetings between Netanyahu and Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes in late 2014 and early 2015, and Case 1000 — into allegations of taking expensive gifts.

    Harow served in key positions in the office of Netanyahu for two terms since 2009, when he was appointed the bureau chief. In 2010, Harow left the post due to personal reasons and returned back in 2014 as the chief of staff.

    In 2015, the official was arrested on suspicions of operating a secret private consulting business while remaining one of the key figures in the government.

    The office of Israel’s longest serving prime minister, nevertheless, denied any wrongdoing.

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