Likud Israel: MK indicted on graft charges after forgoing parliamentary immunity request

Likud MK David Bitan was indicted Monday on multiple corruption charges, days after his lawyers informed Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit that he would not seek parliamentary immunity.

State prosecutors last month announced that Bitan will be indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, as well as money laundering and tax offenses, over accusations he pocketed some NIS 715,000 ($220,000) in bribes while serving in public office.

The charges date back to when Bitan — a former coalition whip and confidant of ex-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu — was deputy mayor of Rishon Lezion before he was elected to the Knesset in 2013, but also include his tenure as an MK.

In a statement last Thursday, his attorneys said: “MK Bitan decided not to ask the Knesset for immunity from prosecution but will contend with the charges in court, out of full confidence that at the end of the legal proceedings it will be determined there was no wrongdoing in his actions and that his name will be cleansed of any blemish.”

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