Mandelblit ends talks on PM graft cases, will declare charges before election, reports say

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and his team have concluded their discussions regarding the corruption cases against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and intend to announce the decision before the elections, according to TV reports.

Mandelblit intends to notify Netanyahu today or tomorrow that he rejects his demand to hold off on announcing an intention to file charges pending a hearing until after the April 9 vote, Channel 12 (formerly the Hadashot news outlet) reports.

The rival Channel 13 says Mandelblit has decided to announce bribery charges in Case 4000, involving regulatory favors in exchange for positive coverage, and fraud and breach of trust charges against the premier in Case 1000, which involves receiving gifts from billionaire benefactors.

Mandelblit’s team is reportedly in disagreement on what charges to press in Case 2000, which involves an alleged quid pro quo deal with a newspaper publisher.