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Israeli prime minister faces trial over corruption allegations

Israeli prime minister faces trial over corruption allegations
May 24
20:07 2020
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is facing trial for alleged corruption.

The trial began at a Jerusalem district court on Sunday, few days he started a fifth term in office.

The prime minister had been indicted for three cases involving bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

According to the BBC, Netanyahu, who denied the allegations, said the cases were aimed at “toppling him in any way possible.”

He described it as witch hunt by political opponents, and vowed to clear his name.

“I’m here with a straight back and my head held high,” he said when he arrived at the court.

“When you need to take me down, a strong prime minister from the right, everything is possible.”

At the start of the hearing, which lasted about an hour, Netanyahu also told the judges: “I read and I understand the indictment.”

His lawyers reportedly said they need several months to prepare their defence. The date for the next hearing has been set for July 19.

Netanyahu is said to be the first standing leader to face trial in the country’s history.

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