Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defense team has filed a request to rule out hundreds of pieces of evidence in Case 4000, the most serious among the premier’s criminal cases, in which he is accused of bribery.
Lawyers claim authorities “conducted illegal searches knowingly.”
In the case, Netanyahu is accused of pushing regulatory decisions benefiting the controlling shareholder of the Bezeq telecommunications giant, Shaul Elovitch, in exchange for positive coverage from the Elovitch-owned Walla news site.
The lawyers claim evidence was in many cases gathered without proper authorizations, which were sometimes only requested retroactively.
Netanyahu’s defense team has repeatedly attempted to delay and disqualify the trial on various technical grounds, but has so far had little success in doing so.