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Benjamin Netanyahu seeks immunity from prosecution

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

02nd Jan, 2020. 03:21 pm
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Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has asked for immunity from parliament from prosecution.

This act can delay the trial until the beginning of new elections next March.

Given that the attorney general has charged Benjamin Netanyahu of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three cases.

The Prime Minister will require the support of more than half of MPs to attain immunity.

Given that Benjamin Netanyahu is alleged to have been given gifts from rich businessmen and favors to portray a positive press coverage.

Before the deadline of requesting, he had highlighted his request for immunity in a televised speech.

He said, “It would be in line with the law…with the goal of continuing to serve you, for the future of Israel.”

Once a request for immunity is made, a trial cannot be arranged, and the Israeli Parliament will probably not rule on the request before then.

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The Israeli parliament, the Knesset has been dissolved before fresh elections.

Israeli laws explain that members of the parliament Knesset are not granted automatic immunity from prosecution. However, they can apply for immunity.

A sitting prime minister is only asked to withdraw from the office once convicted.

According to international media sources, the new general elections are expected to be on March 2nd.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent Benny Gantz failed to agree on a power-sharing agreement.

Both the leaders had a tough competition in the last elections that were held in September. But they failed to protect majorities after the elections.

Benjamin Netanyahu was accused of charges of corruption in November, such legal issues became hindrances to talks and settlements.

Benny Gantz had requested that he pledges not to avail of parliamentary immunity from prosecution as a requirement for negotiations.

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