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The former chief-of-staff to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was taken in for questioning by Israel authorities Thursday morning after arrived at Ben Gurion Airport.

Ari Harrow, who served as the premier’s top adviser in 2014, was asked by Israel Police’s National Fraud Investigators Unit to voluntarily give a statement concerning alleged financial abuses connected to Netanyahu, Channel 2 added.

Last Friday, Channel 10 reported that Israel authorities were investigating the prime minister on suspected money laundering allegations stemming from 2009.
The allegation came just days after another Channel 2 report claimed that the prime minister is being investigated by police for illegally receiving funds from foreign business people during his current tenure as premier, which began in 2009.

According to the Channel 2 report which aired late last week, the investigation has already begun in Israel and authorities are seeking to carry out judicial inquiries abroad.
Police and the State Attorney’s Office have reportedly been carrying out the investigating.
The report posited that Netanyahu or one of his family members were the recipients of an alleged transfer of “large sums” of money that is not linked to any political or campaign funding, according to Channel 2.

Harow himself has been the subject of a police investigation since late last year and was questioned under caution for “range of offenses” in December 2015 including suspicions of breach of trust and fraud.

Harow, who was born in Los Angeles in 1973 and made aliya with his family in 1985, was appointed chief of staff at the Prime Minister’s in 2014, serving in the position for roughly one year before leaving to run Netanyahu’s successful reelection campaign.

A former IDF soldier, Harow has served Netanyahu in different capacities for the past 15 years, including as a foreign affairs adviser and scheduler.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post