Investigators question Netanyahu over alleged receipt of gifts

Israeli police officers arrived on Thursday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem to question him under caution for a second time this week on suspicion of receiving gifts from businessmen, in breach of his role as a public servant. Police said the questioning session was carried out by senior investigators. A first interrogation that took place on Monday lasted three hours.  Netanyahu has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has told his political rivals not to expect his imminent downfall. The move to interview the Israeli leader was authorised by Attorney General, who decided after a preliminary inquiry that there was enough evidence to open a criminal investigation.  The left-wing Haaretz newspaper and other news outlets have said the probe relates to gifts worth "hundreds of thousands of shekels" ($1=3.85 shekels) given to Netanyahu by an Israeli and foreign businessmen. Netanyahu, 67, has been in power on and off since 1996. He is currently in his fourth term as prime minister and will become Israel's longest-serving leader if he stays in office until the end of next year.

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