Netanyahu's Corruption Trial to Resume Only in September, and Briefly

‘Personal reasons’ involving key witness Yeshua cited in request for yet another stay of proceedings

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Ilan Yeshua, the key witness in Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial, at the Jerusalem District Court last month.
Ilan Yeshua, the key witness in Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial, at the Jerusalem District Court last month.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
Netael Bandel
Netael Bandel

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial will resume only in mid-September, after the court granted Thursday the prosecution’s request to postpone next week’s scheduled sessions for “personal reasons” involving Ilan Yeshua, the key prosecution witness in the Bezeq Walla graft case.

The trial will resume September 13, after the end of the summer recess of the judicial establishment, but it will be paused again for the remainder of the month on account of the fall religious holidays.

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This was the third stay in the proceedings requested – and granted – by prosecutors in the case, which is being heard in the Jerusalem District Court. The defense did not object to the delay.

Prosecutors attached to their request details of former Walla CEO Yeshua’s personal circumstances which will not be published in order to protect his privacy.

About a month ago the court instructed the prosecution to comb through Yeshua’s cellphone and computer to review his correspondence with people covered by the Walla news website.

The three-judge panel hearing the case, which is headed by Judge Rivka Friedman-Feldman, authorized a review of all of Yeshua’s emails and text messages mentioning political figures, spokespersons, businesspeople, advertising agents, media figures, law enforcement figures and other who were in contact with him regarding the way they were covered in the site.

About two weeks ago the court extended to July 5 its deadline for prosecutors to submit the material to the defense team. Yeshua’s cross examination was scheduled to resume July 12.

Last week the prosecution was granted another six-day extension, and the court rescheduled the sessions for July 19.

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