Official Corruption Trial Of Israeli Prime Minister Resumes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in court in Jerusalem, as his corruption trial hears the opening arguments and the first witnesses.

Mr Netanyahu, 71, is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three separate cases.

He is accused of receiving gifts – mainly cigars and bottles of champagne – from powerful businessmen in exchange for favours

Also, Mr Netanyahu is accused of offering to help improve the circulation of Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot in exchange for positive coverage

Mr Netanyahu is also accused of Promoting regulatory decisions favourable to the controlling shareholder in the Bezeq Telecom Giant, Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for positive coverage by Mr Elovitch’s Walla news site

Mr Netanyahu has denied all the charges against him, branding them a “witch-hunt” by his political opponents, and has vowed to clear his name.

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