Benjamin Netanyahu accused in three cases of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. The Prime Minister calls the court a “witch hunt”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be tried on charges of corruption. Reported by the BBC on Sunday, May 24.
Netanyahu denies the charges and rejects the calls of the opponents to retire, as just a week before he took the oath at the head of a national unity government. He calls accusations “witch hunt” organized by political opponents.
Netanyahu needs to take part in the first session of court held in the district court of Jerusalem. He is accused in three cases, known as “1000”, “2000” and “4000”:
Case 1000 – fraud and breach of trust: he is accused of receiving gifts, mainly cigars and bottles of champagne from influential businessmen in exchange for services;
Case 2000 – fraud and breach of trust: Netanyahu is accused of offering to help to improve the circulation Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot in exchange for positive coverage;
Case 4000 – bribery, fraud, and breach of trust: being Prime Minister and Minister of communications during the alleged crimes, Netanyahu accused of promoting regulatory decisions favorable to the controlling shareholder of telecommunications giant Bezeq, Shaul of Ilovica in exchange for positive coverage of news site within the Bezeq group.
We will remind that on April 21 in Israel signed an agreement on forming a unity government.
Then, on 17 May, Israel approved the new composition of the government. The government headed by two Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, who will replace each other, the composition of the new government at this time was determined by Netanyahu.