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Israeli court docket orders Netanyahu to attend trial’s opening
Thursday, Could 21, 2020, 10:53
A handout image launched by the Israeli Knesset spokesperson’s workplace on Could 17, 2020, exhibits Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) talking throughout a swearing-in ceremony of the brand new authorities in Jerusalem. (PHOTO / Newpaper24)
JERUSALEM – The Israeli court docket on Wednesday ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to look on the first court docket session of his upcoming corruption trial.
The presence of defendants of their opening session is an everyday process in Israel
The Jerusalem District Court docket rejected a request filed by Netanyahu’s legal professionals on Tuesday to exempt him from showing for the opening listening to.
The legal professionals argued that Netanyahu’s presence was pointless as a result of he had “learn this indictment a number of instances already,” and the 5 bodyguards wanted to safe his arrival would price the general public coffers “a fortune.”
The presence of defendants of their opening session is an everyday process in Israel.
The trial will start on Could 24 on the Jerusalem District Court docket.
On Sunday, Israel’s longest-serving chief was sworn in his uncommon power-sharing authorities collectively along with his former rival, Benny Gantz, chief of the centrist Blue and White social gathering, breaking a yr and a half of political stalemate following three rounds of inconclusive elections.
Netanyahu’s trial on fees of bribery, fraud and breach of belief ought to have begun in March however was postponed to Could 24 due to lockdown restrictions amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Netanyahu, the primary sitting prime minister in Israel’s historical past to face trial, denies all allegations as a part of “a witch hunt.”
The trial, together with the anticipated appeals, may take a number of years.