PM Could Face Probe in Sub Deal

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Corporate headquarters of ThyssenKrupp in Essen, Germany. (Tuxyso)

Until now, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has had criminal charges in three separate cases hanging over him, but that could change in the coming days.

State prosecutors are now considering launching an investigation into Netanyahu’s role in a fourth case, the submarine affair, also known as Case 3000, according to Hadashot on Wednesday night.

Recently, media outlets revealed that Netanyahu had sold stock in a company that supplied services to German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp, who was supplying submarines to the Israeli navy.

Netanyahu was questioned as a witness in the case, but police stated explicitly that he was not considered a suspect.

Earlier Wednesday, Benny Gantz alleged the prime minister gained 16 million shekels ($4.4 million) from his stock that rose due to a deal to buy an unnecessary submarine purchase.

Former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, who is running with Gantz’s Blue and White party, said on Tuesday that if the charges are true, Netanyahu would be guilty of “treason.”

Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing, saying that he did not gain a single shekel from the submarine deal, and that his approval of procurements was based solely on national defense needs.