Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to plead guilty to corruption charges on February 8 at a hearing in the Jerusalem District Court. This was reported by Israel’s Channel 12 TV.
“Netanyahu does not plead guilty, thus confirming the answer presented earlier to the court on his behalf,” the channel said in the report.
It is noted that dozens of supporters of the prime minister arrived at the courthouse.
Netanyahu is suspected of accepting a bribe in “Case 4000,” according to which the popular news portal Walla! was to publish only positive reviews about the politician, and he, in his turn, was to promote the interests of Bezeq, which owns the internet resource.
Netanyahu is also facing charges of fraud and deceiving the public trust and is suspected of accepting $300 thousand inexpensive gifts from the Hollywood producer Arnon Milchin. The investigation believes that in exchange for the gifts Netanyahu lobbied for the oligarch’s personal and business interests.
The Israeli prime minister faces two more charges, also relating to lobbying and corruption: the “2000 case” and the case of positive press coverage of a public official in exchange for favors in return.