Benyamin Netanyahu indicted for corruption, fraud and breach of trust

Benyamin Netanyahu on October 3 in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, in Jerusalem. Ariel Schalit / AP

Israel's attorney general announced on Thursday (November 21st) that he was putting Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on trial. Justice suspects him breach of trust, corruption and wrongdoing in three different cases, including "The case 4,000", the most sensitive.

In this case, the judiciary suspects Benyamin Netanyahu, in charge of the Ministry of Communications from 2012 to 2017, of having granted government favors that could have brought back millions of dollars to the boss of the Bezeq telecom company, Shaul Elovich, in exchange a favorable media coverage of one of the group's media, the Walla website.

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The Likud leader, who denies having committed any offense, faces up to ten years in prison for the bribery charge and three years for each of the two counts of fraud and breach of trust.

Prosecutor Avichai Mandelblit's announcement comes just hours after the country's president mandated Parliament to find a prime minister, with Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz each failing to form a government in the aftermath of the September elections .

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