Netanyahu barred from using donations to fund bribery legal defense
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot accept donations from wealthy businessmen to fund his legal defense against bribery allegations, a committee appointed by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira decided Wednesday, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit pointed out that the committee did not say that no public official could receive donations for their legal defense in any circumstance, but that the specific facts in Netanyahu’s case precluded such action.
The prime minister had wanted to accept donations from his cousin, businessman Natan Milikovsky, and businessman Spencer Partridge.
“As a rule, this is not the kind of issue that is justified under the circumstances of the case and is appropriate from a public perspective,” a document published on behalf of the committee explained.
“Legal expenses arising from a criminal investigation, which includes a suspicion of criminal acts in connection with various financiers, should not be carried out by financiers,” the document said.