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Senior Israeli military commander under investigation for nepotism, bribery

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli military commander Yigal Ben Ami (Photo by the Israeli military)

The commander of an Israeli military headquarters has been sacked and put under investigation on several offenses, including bribery and nepotism in a case for which an Israeli court issued a gag order.

The Israeli regime confirmed on Thursday that it is probing into the offenses committed by Colonel Yigal Ben Ami, the commander of the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

The colonel, who has been in the Israeli military for 30 years, has allegedly received bribes and given top positions to the children of his friends and business partners, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The commander is also suspected of using military vehicles for personal purposes and having ties to construction companies working on projects at the military base, the investigations have shown.

Despite denying the allegations, Ben Amy has accepted a request to advance the date of his retirement, a statement by the Israeli military said.

The Israeli regime, which has imposed a gag order on the case, is reportedly wiretapping and interrogating senior military officers and contractors as part of the investigation into the case.

In recent years, Israeli officials have been embroiled in several corruption scandals, including the Case 1,000, Case 2,000, and Case 3,000, in all of which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or his associates are suspected of receiving bribes.

In the first case, the Israeli PM is suspected of having received luxury gifts from several billionaires, most notably James Packer and Arnon Milchan. The police are investigating if the Israeli PM has offered anything in return for those gifts.

In the second one, Netanyahu is being investigated for a media bribery scheme, in which he has allegedly offered to push legislation that harms Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper’s main rival Israel Hayom in return for more favorable coverage of the prime minister.

The other case is a bribery scandal involving the PM’s associates.

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