The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being questioned by police over inflated household spending.
Sara Netanyahu’s questioning began at the headquarters of Israeli police’s high-profile crime unit in the city of Lod on Thursday afternoon, Israeli media reported.
The questions are expected to focus on whether the Israeli premier’s wife used state funds to finance maintenance work and new furniture for the family’s private residence in the coastal town of Caesarea.
Last week, Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein rejected a request by Netanyahu’s lawyer for a meeting demanding the closure of the case against his defendant.
The criminal investigation into spending of public funds at Netanyahu’s home was launched five months ago, based on a comptroller’s report issued in February and evidence supplied by a former chief caretaker at the prime minister’s residence.
Netanyahu’s wife has also come under fire for her lavish tastes and abusive behavior against servants.
The Netanyahu family has long faced scrutiny over accusations that their lifestyles are out of touch with regular Israelis.