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Monday, December 10, 2018

(JNS) A leaked text conversation between the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court judge overseeing an investigation against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the attorney representing investigators has sent shockwaves through the country, showing that the two colluded to extend the remands of suspects in the case, even planning how the judge would react in court.

An expos? on Channel 10 news revealed that the judge presiding over Case 4000 corresponded with Israel Securities Authority attorney Eran Shacham-Shavit privately via WhatsApp. In their communications, Shacham-Shavit told Poznanski-Katz that he would seek an extension of remand for several Bezeq-affiliated suspects, and told the judge to look surprised.

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Chief Justice of Israel’s Supreme Court Esther Hayut have filed a complaint against Poznanski-Katz, who has stepped down from the case. Shacham-Shavit has also stepped down as prosecutor.