Court orders prosecutors to hand over AG’s approval for probes against Netanyahu

The Jerusalem District Court orders prosecutors to hand over to lawyers defending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the authorization from Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit for a police investigation into the premier.

Prosecutors must hand over the documentation within a week.

According to the Haaretz daily, the court’s ruling applies to Cases 1000, 2000 and 4000 against the prime minister after lawyers for the prime minister claimed permission for the probes was given retroactively.

The court rejects arguments by prosecutors that the authorizations are not materials related to the investigation, and therefore says they need to be handed over.

Lawyers for the prime minister had asked the court to cancel the criminal indictment against the premier, alleging Mandelblit didn’t authorize the probe that yielded the corruption charges for which Netanyahu now stands trial.

Netanyahu’s defense team has made several requests to cancel the charges against him, citing various procedural matters, but has been rebuffed by judges every time so far.

The state prosecution earlier this month dismissed the claim, saying “the investigations were approved according to the law.”