December 30, 2016 / 1:11 PM / 7 months ago

Netanyahu says wrongdoing allegations will turn out to be fiction

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes part in a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel December 29, 2016.Amir Cohen

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday denied allegations of wrongdoing published by local media outlets, who say the attorney-general will launch a criminal investigation against the prime minister next week.

A statement issued by a Netanyahu spokesman said the probe would fail to uncover any evidence against him.

"All the supposed affairs will turn out to be fiction, as will be the claims currently being published in the media... Nothing will be found because there is nothing to uncover," Netanyahu's spokesman said.

Israeli Channel 10 television said on Wednesday that Attorney-General Avihai Mandelblit, who was working with prosecutors and police, had ordered a probe.

The report said Mandelblit had authorised police to question Netanyahu under caution in two affairs and that a date for the interrogation would be set in the coming days.

The Justice Ministry said an announcement would be made "in due course".

Channel 2 television followed up on Thursday by alleging that Netanyahu was suspected of receiving "significant gifts" from a local and a foreign businessman, although it provided no details.

Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Tom Heneghan

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