Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial will begin on March 17, two weeks after Israel holds its third nationwide election in lower than a 12 months, the Justice Ministry mentioned on Tuesday.
Netanyahu, the primary sitting Israeli prime minister to be charged with against the law, has denied any wrongdoing within the three corruption circumstances in opposition to him.
Along with his authorized battle, Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud occasion, is combating for his political life in a March 2 election, after inconclusive ballots in April and September.
In an announcement, the ministry mentioned Netanyahu, in energy for the previous decade and Israel’s longest-serving chief, can be required to attend the Jerusalem District Court docket for the primary session to listen to an indictment in opposition to him. A 3-judge panel will hear the case.
Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing in three corruption circumstances. Fees, which had been formally filed with the court docket three weeks in the past, embody bribery, breach of belief and fraud.
Netanyahu, 70, is accused of wrongfully accepting $264,000 price of items, which prosecutors mentioned included cigars and champagne, from tycoons, and of shelling out regulatory favours in alleged bids for improved protection by a well-liked information web site. He may withstand 10 years in jail if convicted of bribery and a most three-year time period for fraud and breach of belief.
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