Sufficient Evidence to Indict Netanyahu on Criminal Charges

Sufficient Evidence to Indict Netanyahu on Criminal ChargesSufficient Evidence to Indict Netanyahu on Criminal Charges

Israeli police said on Tuesday there is "sufficient evidence" to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on criminal charges in two corruption cases.

According to a police statement published late Tuesday, authorities found evidence of "accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust," CNN reported.

Netanyahu rejected calls to step down on Wednesday, harshly criticizing the police investigation against him while making clear he has no intention of resigning.

His governing coalition, seen as the most right-wing in Israeli history, appears firm for now, but reactions from key members in the coming days will be watched closely for signs of fissures.

"I can reassure you that the coalition is stable," Netanyahu said at an event in Tel Aviv, AFP reported.

The attorney general must now decide how to move forward with the case, a process that could take months.

Police have been investigating Netanyahu over suspicions that he and his family received expensive gifts from Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer.

Police said Netanyahu had been suspected of trying to help Milchan receive tax benefits in Israel, assisting him in receiving a visa in the United States, and promoting his business interests.

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