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    Netanyahu leaves with his wife Sara after he delivered a statement to the media in Jerusalem's Old City. | Photo: Reuters

Published 1 January 2016

Sara Netanyahu was questioned for over seven hours by the Israeli police over corruption allegations. Her husband calls accusations a witch-hunt.

Israeli media said Friday that Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been questioned by police over allegations misuse of public funds for personal expenses.

A photographer with the French news agency AFP said friday that Israel’s first lady arrived Thursday at the anti-corruption unit of the Israeli police in the central town of Lod, east of Tel Aviv for questioning. Haaretz newspaper said that the questioning lasted for seven hours.

The investigation comes as a result of a state report released in February last year detailing how the Netanyahus used public money for personal and private use. The report used evidence by Meni Naftali, a former chief caretaker at the official residence.

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Israel's first lady was questioned on several allegations. She was asked if she used state funds for new furniture for the couple's private home in the exclusive coastal city of Caesarea, that was ordered for the official residence but never made there.

Al-Jazeera reported that Sara was also accused of having used taxpayers' money to pay for her late father's care while he was living at the official Jerusalem residence.

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Meanwhile, Israeli media reported last week that the couple asked for state funds to cover the cost of food for adopted dog Kaiya. The Israeli first lady has also come under fire over alleged abusive behaviour toward staff.

The Netanyahus, however, dismiss the allegations as a media witch-hunt and have denied any wrongdoing. The prime minister says political opponents are targeting his wife as a way to get even with him.

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