TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Police questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara, her lawyer said, with media saying it was over new suspicions of fraudulently misusing public funds.
Public radio said that Sara Netanyahu arrived at the headquarters of the National Fraud Squad, near Tel Aviv, late in the morning, AFP reported on Friday.
There was no immediate confirmation from police, who have issued statements on previous interrogations of the Netanyahus on a raft of different graft allegations.
But Sara Netanyahu’s lawyer said late Friday afternoon, after the last round of questioning was over, that the suspicions, which would amount to nothing, were another illustration of the Netanyahus’ “persecution” by Israeli law enforcement authorities.
“At the end of the investigation it will become evident that this was another case of fabrications and tales of the state witness Nir Hefetz, which are totally false,” Yossi Cohen said of the Netanyahu family’s former spokesman.
“When the other cases crash, new lies are invented,” he said.
“How much longer will the persecution of the Netanyahu family continue,” Cohen asked in a statement issued via the Netanyahu family’s spokesman.
Sunday, police recommended charging the premier and his wife for bribery and other offenses. It was the third such recommendation against them in recent months.
Netanyahu denied the accusations, but the cases against him have led to speculation that they could eventually force the long-serving prime minister to step down.
Sara Netanyahu went on trial in October for using state funds to fraudulently pay for hundreds of meals.