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Netanyahu trial hearings canceled for the week after judge tests positive for COVID

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jerusalem District Court, November 22, 2021. (Oren Ben Hakoon/Pool)
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jerusalem District Court, November 22, 2021. (Oren Ben Hakoon/Pool)

The hearings slated for this week in the ongoing corruption trial of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu are canceled after Judge Moshe Bar-Am tests positive for COVID.

Earlier today, the court canceled tomorrow’s hearing when it found out that Bar-Am had come in contact with a positive COVID case. Now, it cancels the hearings for the rest of the week, since Bar-Am will have to remain in quarantine.

The judges in the trial were slated to deal this week with the fallout from the police spying affair incident. Prosecutors have claimed that allegations that Israel Police illegally spied on witnesses in the case should have no bearing on the trial. But lawyers for Netanyahu have demanded that prosecutors turn over to the court any information found on the phone of state witness Shlomo Filber, whom police have admitted to hacking.

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