The corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun on Monday (today).
As per the details, the premier has reached the court in Jerusalem and the trial hears the opening arguments as well as the first witnesses.
According to the international news agency, Netanyahu is accused of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three separate cases.
Case 1,000: Fraud and breach of trust: he is accused of receiving gifts such as cigars and bottles of champagne from powerful businessmen in exchange for favors
Case 2,000: Fraud and breach of trust: Mr. Netanyahu is accused of offering to help improve the circulation of Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot for positive coverage
Case 4,000: Bribery, fraud and breach of trust: Mr. Netanyahu is accused of promoting regulatory decisions favorable to the controlling shareholder in the Bezeq telecom giant, Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for positive coverage by Mr. Elovitch’s Walla news site
His trial was delayed several times due to coronavirus lockdown and elections.
Witnesses will testify before the three-judge panel, for three days every week. Witnesses will be called for case 4000 amid the beginning of the prosecution.