Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu corruption hearings begin

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The prime minister faces charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three separate cases. The indictment hearings follow a deadlocked federal election that has left Netanyahu struggling to stay in power. reports citing DW that lawyers arrived at the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning to begin arguments in favor and opposition of corruption charges against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit seeks to charge Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust, and bribery in three separate cases.

The first investigation, known as Case 1,000, accuses the prime minister and his family of accepting expensive gifts, including expensive cigars, champagne, and jewelry, worth an estimated 700,000 shekels (€185,000 or $200,00) from billionaires in exchange for financial and personal favors.

In the second investigation, Case 2,000, Netanyahu is said to have struck a deal with the owner of critical newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth to improve coverage about him in exchange for legislation that would weaken a rival paper.

The most serious charge, known as Case 4,000, similarly alleges that Netanyahu offered Israel's largest telecommunications provider favorable policies in exchange for positive news coverage.

2019.10.02 / 15:11
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