American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson may be questioned by Israeli police in the ongoing corruption investigation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Army Radio reported today.
According to the report, Adelson, who owns the pro-Netanyahu free daily newspaper Israel Hayom, would be questioned in what Israeli police call “Case 2,000.” That is a probe over whether Netanyahu offered to weaken the influence of Israel Hayom in exchange for more favorable coverage from its competitor, Yedioth Ahronoth.
An Israeli police spokesman reached by the Forward could not provide information on the investigations.
The Army Radio report said that individuals speaking on Adelson’s behalf said that no request to investigate the American billionaire had yet been made.
Another investigation against Netanyahu alleges that he accepted gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars from wealthy businessmen including Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan.