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Israeli PM questioned for 5th time in corruption probe

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was questioned by police on Thursday evening in connection with two separate investigations into alleged corruption, a police statement said.

Samri declined to reveal details of the investigation. In the first, known as case 1,000, Netanyahu and his family are suspected of accepting expensive gifts, including cigars, pink champagne and jewellery, allegedly in return for advancing the interests of several wealthy benefactors, including the Hollywood producer and media magnate Arnon Milchan.

Israeli authorities obtained the new evidence while probing an ongoing corruption case involving Bezeq. It is claimed he asked the then U.S. secretary of state John Kerry, at Netanyahu's request, to help get a USA visa for Milchan.

The recent investigations in Israel come about a month after Netanyahu's former aide Ari Harow had signed an agreement with prosecutors to become a state witness and testify against him.

It was the fifth time that police investigators arrived at the residence to question Netanyahu in this pair of long-run graft investigations.

No charges have been brought against Netanyahu, who has been in power since 2009 and has denied wrongdoing.

Earlier this week, two of Netanyahu's closest associates, special envoy Isaac Molho and his personal attorney and cousin David Shimron, were interrogated in another corruption case - one in which Netanyahu has not been directly implicated.

Reports indicate that police may also request in the future that the prime minister give testimony in a third case, dubbed case 3,000.

This fresh evidence of Netanyahu's shady deals with the media adds further pressure on the Prime Minister.