Israel's attorney general to announce decision on Netanyahu indictment

Israel's attorney general to announce decision on Netanyahu indictment

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the inauguration ceremony of Israel&ap
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the swearing-in ceremony of the 22nd Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on Oct 3, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

JERUSALEM: Israel's attorney general said he would announce later on Thursday (Nov 21) his decision on whether to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over alleged corruption.

Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing in the three corruption cases, saying he is a victim of a political witch-hunt.

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit will disclose his decision at a news conference at 7.30pm, a Justice Ministry statement said. Police recommended in February that he file criminal charges against Netanyahu in the long-running investigations.

Netanyahu is suspected of wrongfully accepting US$264,000 worth of gifts, which prosecutors said included cigars and champagne, from tycoons and of dispensing favours in alleged bids for improved coverage by an Israeli newspaper and a website.

He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of bribery and a maximum 3-year term for fraud and breach of trust.

An indictment against Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving leader, would raise more uncertainty over who will ultimately lead a country mired in political chaos after two inconclusive elections this year.

Source: Reuters

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