Israeli court rejects PM Netanyahu’s request of exemption from appearance in trail

The request filed by the lawyers of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu on his behalf, seeking permission to exempt him from appearing for the hearing, has been rejected by the Jerusalem District Court on May 20.

Citing security concerns, the lawyers of PM Benjamin Netanyahu requested the court that the presence of the PM is “unnecessary” and will cost “a fortune” as it will necessitate the presence of at least five security guards.

The Jerusalem District Court ordered Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to appear at the first court session of his upcoming corruption trial that is to begin on May 24. The presence of defendants in their opening session is a regular procedure in Israel.

Netanyahu’s trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust was set to begin in March, but has been postponed to May 24 due to lock-down restrictions amidst the outbreak of the COVID-19.

Benjamin Netanyahu is the first sitting Prime Minister in Israel’s history to stand trial. He denies all allegations as part of “a witch hunt”.

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