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Netanyahu’s Lawyers Examine Key Witnesses in Graft Trial
By Staff, Agencies
“Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defense team on Tuesday began cross-examining the first witness in the premier’s graft trial, who in earlier testimony had told the court how close associates of Netanyahu were directly involved in shaping the content of a news site to the premier’s liking.
Former Walla news CEO Ilan Yeshua is a key witness in Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is said to have abused his powers when he served as both Zionist premier and communications minister from 2014 to 2017.
This comes as Netanyahu faces charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in the case.
The trial at Occupied Al-Quds District Court resumed Monday after a pause since April 20 to discuss several requests by Netanyahu’s attorneys to release pieces of evidence. Netanyahu himself has only been in the courthouse for two of the hearings.
During his earlier testimony, Yeshua described how he was repeatedly instructed by his bosses and people close to Netanyahu to skew the news site, the second-largest in the apartheid entity, toward positive coverage of the premier and criticism of his rivals — and said he believed those instructions were part of a tradeoff deal between Netanyahu and the site’s owners.
Among the evidence presented to the court by the prosecution was an exchange of text messages between Walla owner Elovitch and Yeshua, which they said showed the extent of the influence on the editorial process.
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