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Netanyahu corruption trial delayed for third time

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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The former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial has been postponed for the third time due to differences between the prosecution and defense on how to handle new evidence. The trial was scheduled to begin next Monday, but it has been postponed for another week and will resume on June 19th.



Due to the six-week summer legal recess, which runs from July 21 to September 1, as well as the Jewish High Holidays in September, the trial isn't likely to resume until October. Further delays are likely to allow for new evidence to be cross-examined. The further evidence is alleged to include data from a former CEO of the media company at the center of one of the many investigations.



In three distinct corruption investigations, Netanyahu has been accused with fraud, breach of trust, and receiving bribes: The former prime minister and his wife are accused of accepting unlawful gifts from businesspeople in Case 1000. Netanyahu is accused of seeking to buy favorable newspaper coverage in Case 2000. Case number 3000, also known as the "submarine scandal", would have seen Israel purchase naval vessels and submarines from a German firm with millions of shekels allegedly "skimmed" off the top of the deals for personal profit.



The most recent postponement concerns Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is accused of abusing his authority while acting as both prime minister and communications minister from 2014 to 2017. The 71-year-old, who was deposed this month by Neftali Bennett, a far-right ultra-nationalist who supports Israel's illegal settlements, is believed to have aided a media mogul's financial interests in exchange for praising him.