Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sued Ben Caspit, an Israeli journalist for Maariv, for libel on Sunday.
Netanyahu is demanding NIS 200,000 ($53,000) over “false and baseless” claims voiced in Caspit’s weekly Friday column in the Maariv newspaper.
Caspit wrote that MK Miki Zohar (Likud) have a NIS 6 million ($1.6 million) pension benefit to Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon prior to his retirement.
Caspit alleged the large pension was due to the fact that Yinon’s partner, Amit Marari, is the deputy attorney general in charge of overseeing the corruption cases against the prime minister — charging that this was an illicit attempt to influence the investigation.
Netanyahu’s lawyers say the column “didn’t contain many facts and was mainly composed of blatant and serious slander against the prime minister, lies and baseless libel.”
Read more at Times of Israel.