Shlomo Filber, the suspended director general of the Ministry of Communications, agreed in exchange for a lighter sentence to provide police with information about Netanyahu’s part in the so-called Case 4000, which alleges that Shaul Elovitch, majority shareholder of the Israeli telecommunications company Bezeq, received political favors for Bezeq in return for favorable coverage of Netanyahu on the Walla! News website, owned by Bezeq.
Filber was arrested Sunday, along with other company officials and former associates who worked in the Prime Minister’s Office. Under the deal signed late Tuesday, he reportedly will not serve jail time. He reportedly arrived Wednesday at the Israel Police’s Lahav 433 anti-corruption unit to begin his testimony.
“What has happened over the last two days is simply that the world has gone mad. It’s a scandal. They’ve brought two delusional, false allegations as part of a campaign of persecution against me and my family that has been going on for years already,” Netanyahu said in a statement that also was posted on Facebook.