Netanyahu leaves courtroom following opening statements from prosecution

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left the courtroom, along with all others, for a 15-minute break following Ben-Ari’s opening statement.

Netanyahu is not expected to return, after a request from the premier’s legal team that he be able to skip the rest of today’s hearing.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, leaving a courtroom at the Jerusalem District Court during a hearing in his corruption trial, April 5, 2021. (Oren Ben Hakoon/Pool)