Elovitch is the controlling shareholder of telecommunications firm Bezeq, which also owns online news site Walla! News, where prosecutors say Netanyahu was seeking favorable coverage. Elovitch’s remand was extended in this case, as was that of Nir Hefetz, who was the Netanyahu family spokesman for many years. Prosecutors argued that if the men were freed, they would be able to work together against the investigation. The Judge agreed.

At the time in question, Netanyahu was the Minister of Communications. Shlomo Filber, his long-time confidant who served under him as Director-General of the Communications Ministry, has turned state’s witness, agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors in the investigation.
Elovitch and Hefetz are two of eight suspects who have been arrested in this growing investigation. Lawyers for the two denied any wrongdoing.

Netanyahu is expected to be questioned over Case 4000 later this week.

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