Netanyahu pleads not guilty to corruption charges

Netanyahu at the start of his trial on 24 May 2020

Netanyahu at the start of his trial on 24 May 2020

Netanyahu at the start of his trial on 24 May 2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded not guilty on Monday to corruption charges at the resumption of his trial.

“I confirm the written answer submitted in my name,” Netanyahu said, standing before a panel of three judges in a heavily-guarded Jerusalem District Court.

He was referring to a document his lawyers gave the court last month in which they argued he was not guilty of charges of bribery, breach of trust and fraud.

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Netanyahu was indicted in 2019 in long-running cases involving gifts from millionaire friends and for allegedly seeking regulatory favours for media tycoons in return for favourable coverage.

He last came to court in May 2020 at the start of a trial subsequently delayed by coronavirus lockdowns.

Netanyahu has called his prosecution a political witch hunt.