JERUSALEM, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday for the fourth time as part of two ongoing separate criminal investigations over graft suspicions, local media reported.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the police cannot comment on the reports while the questioning is undergoing.
Netanyahu is under suspicions that he and his wife received expensive gifts from Israeli-U.S. businessman and Hollywood producer, Arnon Milchan, and he is also accused of secret talks with the publisher of a large Israeli newspaper regarding reducing the competition in the news sector in return for more positive coverage.
Police chief Roni Alsheikh said that the investigation is in the final stages. Once finished, police will decide if to drop the case or recommend the attorney general bring charges.
Netanyahu repeatedly dismissed the allegations as "baseless" and hinted it was part of a political prosecution aimed to remove him from the office. "There won't be anything because there isn't anything," he said on several occasions.
However, the mounting investigations sparked a commotion in the political arena, with politicians from all across the political spectrum maneuvering amidst speculations that early elections are possible.