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Netanyahu withdraws immunity request over corruption charges

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

28th Jan, 2020. 11:44 pm
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Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu has claimed success in the general election after he was put ahead of Benny Gantz by exit polls.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dropped his bid for parliamentary immunity from prosecution on corruption charges, exposing the embattled leader to a possible trial that would decide his personal and political future, BOL News learnt.

According to the details, Israel’s attorney general has filed a formal indictment in court against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It came after Mr Netanyahu withdrew a request for parliamentary immunity from prosecution on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three separate cases.

Netanyahu, in power continuously since 2009 and before that in the 1990s, has dominated Israeli politics for a generation, decisively turning the country to the right. He has denied wrongdoing in the three graft cases, saying he is the victim of a political witch hunt.

The Israeli parliament had been due to open a debate on the immunity request on Tuesday. But Mr Netanyahu said he would not have got a fair hearing.

He also criticised opponents for going ahead with the debate when US President Donald Trump was due to unveil his long-awaited Middle East peace plan.

Palestine warns Israel, US not to cross red lines

Earlier on January 25, Spokesman of the Palestinian presidency Nabil Abu Rudeineh has warned Israel and America against ‘crossing red lines’.

According to the details, the spokesman of the Palestinian presidency said in a statement that the Palestinian leadership will reject any steps by the United States that would breach international law.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh reiterated the call for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and establishment of an independent Palestinian state with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.

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