Unic Press UK: Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, 70yo, will appear today in a Jerusalem District Court to face corruption charges, thereby making history as the first sitting Israeli prime minister to face criminal trial in court.
Netanyahu is scheduled to appear at the Jerusalem District Court for a plea hearing where he will hear the charges read out against him: bribery, fraud and breach of trust in one case, and fraud and breach of trust in two others, the Times of Israel reports.
Netanyahu, the longest-serving Israeli prime minister in the Jewish nation’s history, is accused of several malfeasance, including accepting champagne, cigars, and jewelry in exchange for favours.
This trial brings to mind that, in 2009, a serving Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert stepped down following police indicting him for graft. Olmert was tried/convicted of taking bribes. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison, though he never served the full prison term having been paroled.