Fri | Dec 13, 2019

Official indictment filed against Netanyahu

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:17 AM
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

JERUSALEM (AP):

Israel’s attorney general has officially submitted his indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, giving him 30 days to appeal for immunity.

The 77-page indictment was made public on Monday, charging the long-time Israeli leader with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases. It marks the first time in Israeli history a sitting prime minister has been charged with a crime.

Israel’s political system is in disarray following the second inconclusive election of the year, making it unlikely Netanyahu would ask – or receive – parliamentary immunity from prosecution.

The indictment says he will stand trial in a Jerusalem district court and also names 333 witnesses who the attorney general may call upon to testify at the trial.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and has rejected calls to resign.