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Israeli AG Rejects Netanyahu’s Request for Pre-Indictment Hearing Delay

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Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit attends a ceremony at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Nov. 14, 2016. Photo: Flash90. – Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit will not give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an additional delay on the pre-indictment hearing in the three corruption cases against him, despite Netanyahu’s insistence that the hearing will unjustly affect the Sept. 17 election.

In a letter Thursday to Netanyahu’s lawyers, top Mandelblit adviser Gil Limon said the new election does not justify a delay, and that evidence for the scheduled October 2-3 hearing was provided to Netanyahu’s legal team in April.

Netanyahu has until June 10 to inform the attorney general whether he will participate in the hearing. If he does participate, he will be given the opportunity to attempt to persuade Mandelblit not to prosecute him. If he chooses not to go through with the hearing, the attorney general will be able to file indictments within days or weeks.

Prior to the dissolution of the 21st Knesset, Netanyahu attempted to pass a law that would give sitting Israeli prime ministers immunity from prosecution.

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