The prime minister’s lawyers had asked for the hearing to be postponed far.
The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu the trial will resume next January, the Jerusalem court ruled today.
The trial began in late May, and a second hearing was held today. Netanyahu did not participate in today’s hearing.
In January, the case will continue with the hearing of witness statements. Sessions are scheduled three times a week. The exact dates have not yet been announced.
Netanyahu is accused of, among other things, receiving bribes, fraud and abuse of trust. He has denied all allegations.
Netanyahu has long claimed to be a victim of a chase. According to him, the purpose of the fictitious accusations would be to prevent him from continuing as prime minister.
More postponement in the permit?
The trial was due to begin as early as March, but was postponed to May due to the coronavirus. The charges were brought in November.
At the May hearing, Netanyahu’s lawyers requested that the hearing be adjourned far to examine the evidence. Lawyers are believed to seek further adjournment of the trial and to ask for more prosecutor’s evidence to be seen.
The prosecutor has gathered more than 300 witnesses in the case to support his charges.
Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister to be charged with corruption during his term in office. However, he has no obligation to resign before a possible corruption conviction.