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Judges in Netanyahu trial will consider delay after hearing on AG approval of probes

The judges in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial say they’ll consider whether to accept his request for a delay of the evidentiary stage of the trial only after another hearing on the attorney general’s approval of the criminal probes.

Netanyahu is seeking a 3- to 4-month postponement.

The defense is arguing that the lack of formal, written approval by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit for the opening of the probe discredits the cases against the premier.

Pressed by the judges during the hearing earlier today, prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari acknowledged during the hearing that “it may have been better for the approvals to have been given in a different form, but that’s how things happened.” But, she added, “we said that from day one that things were written in an internal protocol documented in internal meetings. The attorney general confirms this.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a court hearing at the District Court in Jerusalem on February 8, 2021 (Reuven Kastro/POOL)
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