AG Investigating Suspicions of Criminal Conduct in 'Bibi-Tours' Case

After suspicions were dismissed last year concerning possible illicit funding of Netanyahu family trips abroad, the affair is being reconsidered.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, before departing for a trip abroad in September, 2015.
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Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is examining possible suspicions of criminal conduct in the so-called Bibi-Tours case, Channel 10 has reported.

The case involves alleged improper funding of flights abroad by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family when he was finance minister a decade ago. Channel 10 reported on Sunday that Weinstein is looking into possible illicit ties and transactions between Netanyahu and businesspeople in the course of his travels.

The suspicions arose as result of information on this subject which the prime minister provided in November to State Comptroller Joseph Shapira.

Haaretz reported that in February last year, Shapira received details relating to the case, and the additional information was passed on to him seven months later following an announcement by Weinstein – after an investigation lasting nearly two years – that there was no suspicion of criminal acts.

At Netanyahu’s request, a hearing will be held in the presence of the state comptroller this week, at which the prime minister will present a verbal account of his travels abroad as finance minister.

The State Comptroller’s Office originally began drafting a report on the affair more than four-and-a-half years ago under Shapira’s predecessor, Micha Lindenstrauss, but the report was never released.

For its part, the Justice Ministry declined to comment on the matter.