Israeli PM Netanyahu's wife Sara facing charges over use of state funds for personal dining, catering services

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (centre) and his wife Sara react to his supporters during an event by his Likud Party in Tel Aviv, Israel Aug 9, 2017.
Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (centre) and his wife Sara react to his supporters during an event by his Likud Party in Tel Aviv, Israel Aug 9, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's attorney-general is considering indicting the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara, on suspicion of using state funds for personal dining and catering services amounting to some US$100,000 (S$133,774), the Justice Ministry said on Friday.

The ministry statement said the attorney-general was considering prosecuting Mrs Sara Netanyahu for offences that include fraudulently procuring items, fraud and breach of trust.

A post on the prime minister's Facebook page published late on Thursday in response to media reports about a forthcoming announcment by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit, said the claims against Mrs Sara Netanyahu were "absurd and will be proven to be unfounded".