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Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is to be indicted, the country’s Justice Ministry announced on 28 February. Israel’s attorney-general Avichai Mandelbilt has heeded a December 2018 police recommendation to proceed with the indictment of Mr Netanyahu, who is currently campaigning to serve a fifth term as the country’s prime minister.
It will mark the first time a sitting Israeli prime minister stands to be indicted. The potential charges against Mr Netanyahu include bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases, but he denies any wrong doing and has no intention of resigning.
The filing of charges is contingent on the outcome of a hearing at which the PM can attempt to dissuade the attorney-general from indicting him although very few cases are ever dropped. The hearing could take place after the April 9 election. (CONTINUED - 136 WORDS)