JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli prosecutors accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of treating favours as “forex” on Monday on the opening of a corruption trial which, together with an inconclusive election, has clouded his prospects of remaining in workplace.
Netanyahu, who denies all wrongdoing within the three circumstances towards him, got here to Jerusalem District Court docket in a darkish go well with and black protecting masks, conferring quietly with attorneys as his supporters and critics held raucous demonstrations exterior.
He left earlier than the primary witness was known as to testify.
In the meantime, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin started consulting with get together heads on who would possibly type the following coalition authorities – a toss-up after an inconclusive March 23 poll gave neither the rightist Netanyahu nor his rivals a transparent mandate.
“The connection between Netanyahu and the defendants grew to become forex, one thing that might be traded,” prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari mentioned in presenting so-called Case 4000, regarding the premier’s alleged relationship with the homeowners of a information web site.
“This forex may distort a public servant’s judgment.”
Netanyahu, who’s charged with bribery, fraud and breach of belief within the first such trial of a sitting Israeli prime minister, has described himself because the sufferer of a politically motivated witch-hunt.
(Writing by Dan Williams; Modifying by Giles Elgood)
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