Netanyahu fails to get postponement of corruption court hearing

Israel’s attorney-general on Thursday (Jun 6) rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to postpone a court hearing over corruption allegations against him, media reports said.

The prosecutor’s office said Netanyahu had requested “that the hearing be delayed due to the dissolution of the Knesset and the elections due on Sept 17” to a date after the polls, the Ynet news site said.

After considering the matter, the prosecutor’s office said “nothing justified agreeing to the request to change the dates fixed for the hearing”, it added.

Netanyahu is facing possible indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in the months ahead and is reportedly seeking legislation in the new parliament that would result in him being granted immunity.

Last month, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit pushed back to October the date by which Netanyahu needed to respond to the allegations against him.

The prosecutor’s office stressed that the hearing scheduled for Oct 2 and 3 would not be delayed “not even for one day”.

Anti-Corruption Digest | June 11, 2019

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