Set April 5 as the date for the next Netanyahu trial session

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An Israeli court set Monday April 5 as the date for the start of hearing witnesses during the trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges.
Netanyahu, the first prime minister to indict him while in office, is facing charges of accepting luxury gifts and seeking to provide regulatory facilities to influential media outlets in return for positive media coverage.
In a brief session on February 8, during which he appeared before a Jerusalem court, Netanyahu denied the corruption charges against him, and his defense lawyer accused the Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit – whom Netanyahu had appointed – of mishandling the file.
And they considered that the investigation lacks, in part, the necessary permits.
The judges indicated that they would study the allegations before announcing dates for the next sessions of the trial.
“I do not think they will quickly move to the stage of evidence before the elections,” Netanyahu said, adding, “This will be seen as a confirmed interference in the elections.”
On Monday, the court announced that it would hold three sessions per week (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays) without specifying the total length of the sessions.
Among the charges against Netanyahu are obtaining personal benefits by receiving gifts worth 700,000 shekels ($ 213,000) from the Israeli-Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, and 250,000 shekels ($ 72,000) from the Australian billionaire James Packer.
He is also accused of seeking favorable media coverage in Israel’s best-selling daily, Yedioth Aharonot.
The Israeli Prime Minister is also accused of obtaining favorable media coverage on the “Walla” news site of the Bezeq Group, owned by Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for government services and facilities that returned hundreds of millions of dollars to his group.
Israeli laws do not grant the prime minister any judicial immunity, and if convicted, he will not be forced to resign until after all judicial means have been exhausted.





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