Israel: Netanyahu ally asks state to drop graft charges after police cover-up alleged

A Likud lawmaker on Tuesday formally asked the state to drop criminal charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in one of three corruption cases against him, after a television report alleged an investigator had a conflict of interest.

At the same time, Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn backed the state prosecution’s denial that it had covered up the investigator’s connection to relatives of criminal suspects, and brushed off “conspiracy theories” alleging the cases were designed to bring down the premier.

MK Miki Zohar, who serves as the coalition whip and is seen as a close ally of Netanyahu, said Tuesday morning that he had asked Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to drop the charges in so-called Case 2000, in which Netanyahu is alleged to have attempted to reach a deal with a newspaper publisher to sink a rival in exchange for more positive coverage.

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