Court orders prosecutors to amend indictment against Netanyahu

The Jerusalem District Court rejects a demand by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attorneys to cancel the indictment against him due to issues with its filing process.

However, the court does order prosecutors to significantly amend the Case 4000 file to clearly distinguish Netanyahu from his family members as well as suspect Shaul Elovitch from his wife.

Lawyers had complained that Netanyahu had in many cases been grouped with his family in supposed demands from Elovitch to make various changes on the news site he owned, Walla. They said it was not clear why Netanyahu must answer for demands allegedly made by his wife or son.

A composite image of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Bezeq controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch. (Flash90; Ohad Zwigenberg/POOL)

The court said prosecutors must make clear who made the demands in every case, and whether the prime minister was supposedly aware of the requests, or involved in them.

It also tells prosecutors to provide detailed information about the alleged contacts between Netanyahu and the Elovitches and the benefits they gave him. The premier’s lawyers had asserted that the information provided was not detailed enough.

Judges reject a demand to amend the Case 1000 charges.