Israel: Next stage in Netanyahu graft trial postponed to February

An Israeli court ruled Tuesday it will begin hearing evidence in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial in February, rather than January as previously scheduled.

The ruling, published by the justice ministry, said that evidentiary disputes combined with coronavirus restrictions caused the postponement.

The presentation of evidence marks a more substantive phase of the trial after months of lawyers’ arguments about the wording of charges and defence access to prosecution files.

Netanyahu is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

His trial opened in May, with the premier speaking only to identify himself and confirm he had read and understood the charges.

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