Netanyahu aide detained in Israel

Saturday, 16 July, 2016 - 15:15

A former senior aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was arrested in connection with a fraud inquiry.

A police statement said the aide – named by media reports as Ari Harrow, Netanyahu’s former chief of staff – was detained and questioned on Thursday evening “as part of an ongoing investigation”.

The daily Haaretz newspaper said Israeli police launched a probe last week into Harrow’s suspected involvement in the fictitious sale of a business supposedly worth $3 million (Dh11 million).

The 43-year-old American born businessman was reportedly tasked in 2002 with raising overseas funds for Netanyahu.

Haaretz said Harrow was also being investigated over these funds.

Netanyahu last month acknowledged receiving money from French tycoon Arnaud Mimran, who was sentenced to eight years in prison over a scam amounting to 283 million euros (Dh1.15 billion) involving the trade of carbon emissions permits and the taxes on them.

In May, the Israeli state comptroller issued a critical report about Netanyahu’s foreign trips, some with his wife and children, between 2003 and 2005 when he was finance minister.