Netanyahu to be questioned in two separate criminal probes

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit has chose to approve opening a full criminal investigation against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a Channel 10 report Wednesday night which lacked details about the nature of the investigation.

On Monday, Israeli media reported that Netanyahu was under a secret investigation for allegations of bribery.

"He [Netanyhau] will be called for questioning by the police in the coming days", the channel added.

Investigators are reportedly looking into allegations Mr Netanyahu accepted €1 million (£850,000) from Arnaud Mimran, a French businessman now serving eight years in prison for committing a huge carbon-tax fraud.

Police have been looking into allegations made about the Israeli Prime Minister for the last nine months and have now asked permission to launch a full probe.

Netanyahu has been previously accused of using state money for personal affairs and his family has long faced scrutiny over his luxurious lifestyle. "There was nothing and there will be nothing", the spokesperson told Haaretz.

'This [latest attempt] is absolutely false.

Police declined to confirm or deny the Channel 10 report.

Hours before the report, lawyer and Labor party activist Eldad Yaniv wrote on Facebook that Mandelblit "realized there was no other choice but to open an investigation" due to what he said was "weighty proof linking Bibi to suspicions of bribery and fraud" allegedly available to police.

Mimran, who is serving eight years in prison for carbon-tax fraud, claimed during his trial to have donated the money to Netanyahu during the 2009 Israeli election campaign, the Independent of the United Kingdom reported.

In May, State Comptroller Yosef Shapira submitted a critical report on Netanyahu's foreign trips from 2003 to 2005 as finance minister - some of which were taken with his wife and children.

Parts of the defense establishment, including former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon, opposed the purchase.

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