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Prosecutors seek to amend indictment in Netanyahu corruption case

Shlomo Filber, former director-general of the Communications Ministry court hearing in the trial against former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the District Court in Jerusalem on May 11, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Shlomo Filber, former director-general of the Communications Ministry court hearing in the trial against former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the District Court in Jerusalem on May 11, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prosecutors are asking the Jerusalem District Court to amend their indictment in opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial amid the cross-examination of state witness Shlomo Filber, a former confidant of the ex-premier.

According to a statement from the State Attorney’s Office, prosecutors want to change a line alleging that Netanyahu instructed Filber to work to benefit Bezeq’s then-controlling shareholder Shaul Elovitch during a meeting on an unknown date after appointing him director-general of the Communications Ministry, to a meeting on an unknown date after Netanyahu decided to appoint him director-general of the Communications Ministry.

Prosecutors say their allegations about what occurred during the meeting itself — which they have dubbed “the instruction meeting” — still stand.

Filber is a state witness in Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is suspected of advancing regulatory moves that financially benefited Elovitch in exchange for positive coverage from the Bezeq-owned Walla news site. Elovitch and his wife have also been charged and along with Netanyahu deny wrongdoing.

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