Lawyers for Israel’s contentious foreign minister launched a last-ditch bid Tuesday to fend off his indictment on corruption charges – a development that could destabilize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. The attorney general’s office began what is expected to be a two-day hearing to let Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman defend himself against allegations that he illicitly received money and laundered it through shell companies. Lieberman, who has denied wrongdoing, was out of the country on an official trip and did not attend the hearing. Tuesday’s hearing lasted more than three hours. Another session is planned Wednesday. A final decision on an indictment could take months.
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