Wife of Israeli Prime Minister facing fraud charges

Israel’s top prosecutor has said he is considering charging the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with fraud.

The attorney general said he would make a final decision pending a pre-trial hearing for Sara Netanyahu.

Mrs. Netanyahu is suspected of misusing 359,000 shekels ($100,000; £77,000) of state funds for catering purposes, the justice ministry said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said the claims against his wife were “absurd”.

Avichai Mandelblit’s announcement is the strongest indication yet as to whether Mrs Netanyahu will be charged, following a long-running investigation, which has been the subject of intense speculation in the Israeli media.

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