Israel’s Supreme Court starts criminal proceedings against PM Benjamin Netanyahu

The two-day hearing of the criminal case against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been started by the Supreme Court of the country on May 3.

The hearing will determine whether PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment on criminal charges disqualifies him from forming a new government. The decision will play a major role in the politics of Israel that is already dealing with the coronavirus crisis and the resultant economic fallout.

Several groups, including opposition parties and democracy watchdogs, have petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court suing sexual crimes attorney Tampa to nullify the deal signed between Netanyahu and his main rival Benny Gantz in April to form a unity government under which they would take turns leading Israel.

The petitions raise issues over Netanyahu from leading the government for next 18 months pertaining to the unity government agreement, citing the criminal proceedings against him

Responding to the petition by defense lawyers for dui charges, Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit wrote to the court saying that there was no sufficient legal ground to disqualify Netanyahu.

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