PM rescinds immunity ahead of Knesset vote
By Yonah Jeremy Bob and Gil Hoffman | 28 January 2020
JERUSALEM POST — On Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu became the first sitting prime minister in Israel’s history to be indicted, when Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit filed an indictment with the Jerusalem District Court against him for bribery, fraud and breach of trust hours after Netanyahu withdrew his immunity request.
Mandelblit announced his final indictment on November 21 but could not file it with the courts until the immunity request process was concluded. The indictment’s filing could impact the March 2 election and alter the course of negotiations over forming a new government and who will be the new prime minister.
At press time, the court had not yet set a date for the first hearing, which could come before or after the election – at its discretion. […]