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The High Court denied new Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request for an additional hearing after a court ordered him to return $270,000 to the property of his late cousin and former benefactor Nathan Milikowski, ruling that the funds were an illegal gift.
In an October verdict, the court ruled that the money received by Netanyahu and his wife Sarah to fund their legal expenses while he served as prime minister during his final term , were a prohibited gift to a government official.
The judges ruled that although Milikovsky and Netanyahu were first cousins, business interests were the dominant reason for the gift, and money went far beyond what was received. accepted as a normal gift between family members.
In his response, Netanyahu's lawyer, Uriel Nizri, stated that the court was not empowered to make such a decision and requested that the issue be considered by the State Comptroller's Permitting Committee, but today the court rejected this proposal.
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