Ari Harow, Chief of Staff of Netanyahu until 2015, signed an agreement with the prosecution in exchange for leniency in the investigation concerning him
A former Benjamin Netanyahu collaborator has agreed to testify against the Israeli prime minister in exchange for leniency in his investigation, posing a serious legal threat to the head of government, the press reported Friday.
Ari Harow, chief of staff of Netanyahu until 2015, has signed an agreement with the prosecutor's office, the daily reported Haaretz on the internet and several other Israeli media.
The media had revealed in recent days the ongoing negotiations between the justice and Mr. Harow and stressed the danger that such an agreement would represent for the Prime Minister, already in the sights of the investigators.
The investigations concerning Mr. Netanyahu have been making headlines for months. A police document, made public by accident according to the press, came to confirm on Thursday that these investigations concerned alleged acts of corruption, fraud and breach of trust.
Mr Netanyahu is said to be directly concerned by two investigations.
One of them is the suspicion that he was illegally received gifts from very rich personalities, including Australian billionaire James Packer and a Hollywood producer, Arnon Milchan. The total value of these gifts has been encrypted by the media to tens of thousands of dollars.
Another investigation seeks to determine if he would have tried to conclude a secret agreement with the owner of the daily Yedioth Ahronoth for a positive coverage from the newspaper, in exchange for which it would have helped to reduce the operations ofIsrael Hayom, competitor Yedioth.
Mr. Netanyahu has consistently defended himself from illegal activity.