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Netanyahu calls graft charges ‘fabricated’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu   | Photo Credit: AP

He will become the first serving Israeli Prime Minister to face criminal prosecution

A combative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced court on Sunday for the start of his long-anticipated corruption trial after lashing out at the “fabricated” charges against him. The veteran leader, who has just forged a new unity government after more than a year of political turmoil, became the country’s first Premier to face criminal charges while in office.

Flanked by Ministers from his right-wing Likud party, Netanyahu addressed reporters before entering the Jerusalem District Court to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

“I’m here with a straight back and my head held high,” Mr. Netanyahu said, labelling the charges “fabricated and ludicrous”.

The trial is expected to last for months, if not years.

During Sunday’s sessio, Mr. Netanyahu spoke only to identify himself, before the court adjourned after one hour. He was not asked to enter a plea, which will occur in a later session.

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