Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to face corruption trial on March 17

  19 February 2020    Read: 678
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to face corruption trial on March 17

The corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will start on March 17, two weeks after the nation holds its third national election in less than a year.

Israel's Justice Ministry said Mr Netanyahu would be required to attend the Jerusalem District Court for the first session to hear an indictment against him.

A three-judge panel will hear the case against the country's longest-serving leader, who has been in power for the past decade.

Mr Netanyahu, the first sitting Israeli prime minister to be charged with a crime, has denied any wrongdoing in the three corruption cases against him.

In addition to his legal battle, Mr Netanyahu will contest a tightly fought March 2 election as head of the right-wing Likud party, after inconclusive ballots in April and September last year.

 


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