Financial Crime Financial Crime

Comment: Israel’s track record in bribery prosecutions under the lens as former PM’s aide takes the stand

By Phoebe Seers and Martin Coyle
  • 22 Nov 2021 08:14
  • 22 Nov 2021 08:14

Progress in the corruption trial against Israel’s former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is cementing the country’s reputation as a stalwart for prosecuting corporate antigraft cases.

Nir Hefetz, Netanyahu’s former spokesman and close adviser, begins his testimony today in a Jerusalem court. A key prosecution witness, Hefetz is set to

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Phoebe Seers


Phoebe has covered Financial Crime and compliance issues for MLex since 2015, initially in the Hong Kong bureau and currently in London. While in Hong Kong she won two SOPA awards for her reporting on corruption in the energy sector in Indonesia. Prior to journalism she worked as a solicitor with a focus on white-collar crime litigation in London and Hong Kong. She has a BA in English and Philosophy from Newcastle University.

Martin Coyle

Senior Correspondent

Martin Coyle is a senior correspondent, based in MLex's London office, reporting daily on bribery and corruption issues in the UK and Europe. Previously he was a senior editor at Thomson Reuters where he covered anti-money laundering, financial crime and regulatory enforcement issues. Prior to that he was editor of The Accountant, the world's oldest accounting publication, and International Accounting Bulletin, a bi-monthly business journal owned by Lafferty.

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