Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in court on Monday to attend his long-awaited trial for corruption six weeks before legislative elections.
A planned court appearance last month was adjourned due to new restrictions associated with the third Covid-19 lockdown imposed in December.
Netanyahu’s trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust began last May, with the premier being excused from subsequent hearings as his lawyers argued for more time to review prosecution evidence.
The Israeli prime minister appeared in the Jerusalem court on Monday for the presentation of his formal response to the charges.
He could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if he is found guilty of bribery, and three years in prison for fraud and breach of trust.
This marks the last pre-trial hearing with upcoming sessions focused on testimony and evidence.