Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu
Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo by David Bachar
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The police are better equipped than the state comptroller to handle the investigation into allegations that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family accepted improper funding for trips abroad, a member of the state watchdog's team looking into the case said this week.

Nahum Levy, an adviser for the prosecution of public corruption in the State Comptroller's Office and a member of the team appointed by Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to probe the case, reportedly said this in closed talks in the comptroller's office, Haaretz has learned.

A State Comptroller's Office spokesman said Levy unequivocally denied having made these statements and said the comptroller had sufficient tools to conduct investigations. The office also said the comptroller's reports prove the office's ability to get to the bottom of things.

Levy, who served until recently as head of the police National Fraud Unit, reportedly said it was necessary to investigate the possible criminal aspects in the double billing of trips abroad for Netanyahu - intended to finance Sarah Netanyahu's expenses, according to Channel 10.

Levy's team was also assigned to examine foreign funding for ministers' and deputy ministers' travels overseas.

About 10 years ago Levy was tasked with investigating Netanyahu and his wife on suspicion of receiving hundreds of gifts and benefits from Jerusalem mover Avner Amedi. Levy concluded the probe and recommended pressing charges against Netanyahu. However, then Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein decided to close the case.

A report by Channel 10 which aired earlier in the week included revelations unearthed by journalist Raviv Drucker that Netanyahu received funds to cover travel expenses for flights from two separate entities.