Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption process will begin on March 17, two weeks after Israel held its third national election in less than a year, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.
Netanyahu, the first sedentary Israeli prime minister to be charged with a crime, has denied any wrongdoing in the three corruption cases against him.
In addition to his lawsuit, Netanyahu, who leads the right-wing Likud party, is fighting for his political life in an election on March 2 after inconclusive votes in April and September.
In a statement, the ministry said that Netanyahu, who has been in power for ten years and is Israel's longest-serving leader, must first try the Jerusalem District Court to bring charges against him. A jury of three will hear the case.
Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing in three corruption cases. Charges officially brought to the court three weeks ago include bribery, breach of trust, and fraud.
70-year-old Netanyahu is accused of unjustly accepting $ 264,000 in gifts, which the prosecutor said included cigars and tycoons of champagne, and making official favors on alleged offers for improved reporting on a popular news website to have. He could be in prison for up to 10 years if convicted of bribery and a maximum of three years for fraud and breach of trust.
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