Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks through the weekly cupboard assembly at his workplace in Jerusalem on July 29, 2018. Sebastian Scheiner / POOL / AFP
The trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption expenses will open on March 17, the justice ministry stated Tuesday.
It stated the indictment could be learn by decide Rivka Friedman-Feldman within the presence of Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
The announcement comes because the 70-year-old prime minister campaigns forward of March 2 elections, Israel’s third in lower than a yr, after two earlier polls resulted in a impasse between Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz.
Gantz had refused after September elections to hitch a unity authorities led by Netanyahu, saying he should first settle his variations with the judiciary earlier than taking energy.
Netanyahu was charged within the autumn final yr with bribery, fraud and breach of belief.
Israeli Lawyer Basic Avichai Mandelblit formally introduced the cost sheet to the Jerusalem district courtroom on January 28 after Netanyahu had withdrawn a request looking for parliamentary immunity lodged earlier that month.
His opponents had already mustered a majority within the legislature to disclaim him immunity.
Netanyahu is Israel’s solely head of presidency to have been indicted throughout his time period in workplace.
Below Israeli regulation, a sitting prime minister is simply required to step down as soon as convicted of an offence and in any case avenues of enchantment have been exhausted.
Netanyahu denies the costs and says he’s the sufferer of a politically motivated witch-hunt.