Netanyahu’s corruption trial resumes amid coronavirus protests

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus graft trial resumed on Sunday after a two-month break amidst mounting protests over his supposed corruption and handling of the coronavirus crisis, reports Reuters.Netanyahu, the very first serving Israeli prime minister to go on trial, did not attend what a spokesperson for the prosecution said would be a technical discussion.His presence was not needed at the session in Jerusalem District Court, where he appeared in May at the opening of the trial to reject charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.Netanyahu, 70, was prosecuted in November in cases including gifts from millionaire buddies and for allegedly seeking regulative favours for media magnates in return for favourable coverage.After clinching a union offer three months ago with centrist Benny Gantz, his primary competitor in three undetermined elections given that April 2019, Netanyahu took centre phase in ordering constraints that flattened Israels very first wave of coronavirus infections.But after a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, high unemployment and reimposed coronavirus curbs in recent weeks, Israelis have actually taken to the streets in practically everyday presentations against him, with public anger compounded by the corruption allegations.On Saturday, cops utilized water cannons to distribute demonstrators around Netanyahus Jerusalem house. In Tel Aviv, Israels commercial hub, thousands gathered to demand better state help to companies injured in the health crisis.Bribery charges bring a sentence of as much as 10 years in prison and/or a fine. Fraud and breach of trust carry a prison sentence of up to 3 years. Unless otherwise specified in the short article above, this work by Middle East Monitor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This license also applies to them if the image(s) bear our credit. What does that suggest? For other consents, please contact us.Spotted a mistake on this page? Let us knowThis site is safeguarded by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.This material was initially published here.