Monday, October 26, 2020

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu officially indicted on bribery charges, has 30 days to appeal for immunity

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Israel’s attorney general has officially submitted his indictment against prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, giving him 30 days to appeal for immunity.

The 77-page indictment was made public on Monday, charging the long-time Israeli leader with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases.

It marks the first time in Israeli history a sitting prime minister has been charged with a crime.

Israel’s political system is in disarray following the second inconclusive election of the year, making it unlikely Netanyahu would ask, or receive, parliamentary immunity from prosecution.

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The indictment says he will stand trial in a Jerusalem district court and also names 333 witnesses the attorney general may call upon to give evidence at the trial.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and has rejected calls to resign.

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