Lawyers for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have asked the country’s Attorney General to postpone a pre-indictment hearing in three criminal corruption cases against the premier by at least a year, the Haaretz daily reported Tuesday.
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit had previously said that the hearing must be held by July 10. But he is expected to agree to a hearing by the end of September, with the time allotted for a pre-indictment hearing in Netanyahu’s cases shorter than in past cases involving public figures.
Netanyahu’s lawyers say that they need more time to properly prepare their defense for the three cases, citing the enormous amount of materials to be examined. While the case files had been available to the premier’s legal team from April 10, they were only collected last week after a dispute over payment was partially settled.
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