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Cross-examination of Walla CEO to start Tuesday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyers will begin their cross-examination of Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua on Tuesday.

Yeshua is a key witness in Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is alleged to have abused his powers, when he served as both premier and communications minister from 2014 to 2017 to illicitly and lucratively affect the business interests of Bezeq’s controlling shareholder, Shaul Elovitch. In exchange, Elovitch allegedly provided Netanyahu with positive coverage of the prime minister and his family by the Elovitch-owned Walla news site.

Netanyahu faces charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in the case, while Elovitch and his wife Iris were also charged with bribery. All three defendants deny wrongdoing.

Former Walla news CEO Ilan Yeshua arrives to testify at a Jerusalem court on April 20, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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