Israeli PM Netanyahu Pleads Not Guilty to Public Corruption Charges

Today, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu appeared before a Jerusalem court where he pled not guilty to one charge of bribery and three charges of fraud and breach of trust. T

he court appearance was the second since the trial began in May.

Netanyahu, the first Islaeli Prime Minister to appear in court as a defendant, faces three separate cases. In one case, he is charged with advancing regulatory benefits worth over 1 billion shekels ($300 million) to a telecommunications company owned by his friend. In return, prosecutors allege, Netanyahu got positive coverage from a news site and could control how the story is written.

Monday’s court session was also to discuss the schedule of the trial. With Israeli elections only 6 weeks away, parliamentary speaker, Yariv Levin, urged the court to postpone the trials till after the elections.

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