Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has set a deadline for indicted Likud MK Haim Katz to reach a deal in his case, or he will submit the indictment to the Knesset.
Mandeblit says if Katz — who is charged with tax avoidance — cannot reach a plea deal within two months, he will submit the indictment to the Knesset to hold a hearing on lifting his parliamentary immunity.
Katz faces charges of dodging taxes. In a separate case in 2019, the attorney general sought to indict Katz on charges of fraud and breach of trust, but the Knesset voted to grant him parliamentary immunity. Mandelblit has urged the High Court to overturn his immunity, but the court has yet to rule.
During the last immunity vote, Katz was a member of the ruling coalition, but has since become an opposition MK.