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    Police question Netanyahu in case involving close associates

    JERUSALEM — Israeli police officials are taking testimony from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of an investigation into a conflict of interest case involving a $2 billion purchase of German submarines and some of the Israeli leader’s closest associates.

    Police were seen arriving at Netanyahu’s official residence and later confirmed in a statement that they had questioned Netanyahu for several hours as part of an investigation in which he has not been named a suspect. It was the first time he was questioned in this specific case, they added.

    Netanyahu was expected to be questioned as a suspect in a separate corruption case involving telecom giant Bezeq. Two Netanyahu confidants have been arrested on suspicion of promoting regulation worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the company.

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    Police later said investigators had questioned Netanyahu only over the submarine affair.

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