Chief prosecutor suggests effort to force Elovitches to testify

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari indicates that the state may move to separate the case against Shaul and Iris Elovitch from Netanyahu’s in a bid to force them to give testimony.

Currently, the Elovitches are facing charges alongside the premier and have refused so far to testify on their own behalf.

Lead prosecutor Liat Ben Ari, left, with Jack Chen, right, attorney for Case 4000 defendant Bezeq owner Shaul Elovtich. (Oren Ben Hakoon/Pool)

Hinting at a potential strategy, Ben-Ari says that if they continue to refuse, the prosecution may try to open a separate trial against them and then call them to testify against Netanyahu as witnesses, rather than defendants.