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1st witness in Netanyahu trial completes testimony, 6 months on

Former CEO of the Walla news website Ilan Yeshua arrives for his testimony at in the case against former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jerusalem District Court, September 29, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Former CEO of the Walla news website Ilan Yeshua arrives for his testimony at in the case against former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jerusalem District Court, September 29, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The first prosecution witness in former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial wraps up his testimony, six months into the legal proceedings.

Ilan Yeshua, the former CEO of the Walla news site, was grilled in 33 court sessions. The next witness is former Walla editor Abiram Elad.

Yeshua was a key prosecution witness in Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is accused of abusing his powers when he served as both prime minister and communications minister from 2014 to 2017. Netanyahu is charged with illicitly and lucratively benefiting the business interests of Bezeq telecom’s controlling shareholder, Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for positive coverage on the Bezeq-owned Walla news website.

Netanyahu faces charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, while Elovitch and his wife have been charged with bribery. All three defendants deny wrongdoing.

There are over 300 witnesses lined up to take the stand during the proceedings.

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