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.