Report: Police won’t recommend indicting Herzog

Around a week after Opposition head MK Yitzhak Herzog (Zionist Union) was questioned under warning by police in a criminal investigation, police intend to recommend to close the case against him according to reports Sunday.

Herzog is suspected of receiving illegal donations, not reporting the donations and submitting falsified declarations during the Labor party primaries in 2013, in which he took over the party leadership from MK Shelly Yechimovich.

The investigation has not been completed yet and the prosecution has yet to discuss the findings, but Channel 2 reports that the current estimation is that the evidence against Herzog is not enough to form a basis for recommending an indictment against him.

Most of the investigation and the gathering of testimony has finished, but solid and clear evidence against Herzog has yet to be gathered. It is possible that the police will need to gather more evidence to fill in more details.

Regardless of the police recommendation, the decision on an indictment will be made by the prosecutor and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit. The prosecutor's decision is estimated to come several weeks from now.

Suspicions against Herzog have centered around the director of a nursing company who allegedly donated tens of thousands of shekels outside of the official budget of Herzog's campaign in order to harm Yechimovich's campaign.

Herzog has insisted his innocence during the investigation.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/211367

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