James Packer named as star witness in corruption trial of Israeli Prime ...

James Packer has been named as a prosecution witness in the corruption trial of his friend and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The billionaire businessman will be questioned over $300,000 worth of cigars, champagne and other gifts he gave to Mr Netanyahu and his wife Sara. 

A corruption indictment for fraud, breach of trust and bribery has been lodged against Mr Netanyahu, who is fighting for re-election in March. 

Packer hasn't been accused of any wrongdoing, but was close friends with Mr Netanyahu, whom he met through producer Arnon Milchan.

The 52-year-old real estate magnate has cooperated with investigators probing the prime minister's activities.

James Packer gifted $300,000 worth of cigars, champagne and other presents to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) and his wife Sara

James Packer gifted $300,000 worth of cigars, champagne and other presents to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) and his wife Sara

Packer hasn't been accused of any wrongdoing, but was close friends with Netanyahu, whom he met through mutual friend Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan

Packer hasn't been accused of any wrongdoing, but was close friends with Netanyahu, whom he met through mutual friend producer Arnon Milchan

'The gifts, mainly cigar boxes and champagnes, were given to Netanyahu and his wife by Milchan and Packer continuously in response to requests and even demands, including through deliveries, even when Milchan and Packer did not stay in Israel, to the extent that they became a 'supply line',' indictment documents obtained by News Corp stated. 

'As part of his business, Packer was the owner of a company in Israel that operated in the investments field of Israeli companies in the hi-tech industry,' the documents stated.

'Packer also looked into investments in Israel in the communications field. In the years 2014-2016, Packer purchased a home in Israel and has worked to receive residency status in Israel.' 

The casino tycoon has been friends with Netanyahu for several years, and the pair often spend time together at Packer's home in the exclusive Israeli town of Caesarea.

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