An Israeli court has postponed today the hearing into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial indefinitely, citing coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
The Jerusalem District Court announced that the next hearing, set for Wednesday, has been postponed indefinitely. New lockdown measures come into effect in Israel today and are expected to be in place for two weeks, leaving courts partially closed.
Citing a surge in coronavirus infections, Netanyahu’s defense team has asked the court to delay an upcoming hearing in his corruption trial by one month https://t.co/cE5VkrQzY9
— Al-Monitor (@AlMonitor) January 8, 2021
In a statement, the court ruled that “taking into consideration the large amount of participants in the hearing and the lockdown [in place], the hearing set for January 13, 2021, is hereby canceled.”
“A new date will be announced separately.”
This comes just days after the court denied Netanyahu’s lawyers their request to delay the prime minister’s trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
Israel postpones Netanyahu's trial amid coronavirus lockdown https://t.co/2feKzMqRdz
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) January 8, 2021
Netanyahu is entangled in four political scandals: Case 1000 which involves allegations that the PM and his wife accepted illegal gifts from businessmen; Case 2000 which accuses Netanyahu of attempting to buy favorable newspaper coverage; Case 3000, also known as the “submarine scandal” would have seen Israel purchase naval vessels and submarines from a German firm with millions of shekels allegedly “skimmed” off the top of the deals for personal profit; and Case 4000, in which a close associate of Netanyahu is suspected of providing confidential information to Israel’s largest telecoms company.
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