Netanyahu's Lawyers Request Information They Say Could Lead to Acquittal in Bribery Case

Police investigated claims against Netanyahu before being given approval by attorney general, lawyers argue ■ Co-defendants request material about police methods to pressure witnesses

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From left: Attorneys Amit Hadad and Boaz Ben Zur, with their client Benjamin Netanyahu, at the first day of his trial in the Jerusalem District Court, August 17, 2020.
From left: Attorneys Amit Hadad and Boaz Ben Zur, with their client Benjamin Netanyahu, at the first day of his trial in the Jerusalem District Court, August 17, 2020.Credit: Amit Shabi / Yedioth Ahronoth / Pool
Netael Bandel
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Lawyers for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and co-defendants in two of his corruption cases submitted requests Sunday for hundreds of pages of material from the investigations, saying some of it could lead to the exoneration of the prime minister.

Judges in the trials had earlier ruled that Sunday would be the deadline for such requests.

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Boaz Ben Zur and Amit Hadad say some of the material they are requesting will lead to the prime minister’s acquittal in Case 2,000, involving alleged quid-pro-quos with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes.

They are requesting documentation regarding approval for the investigation, which they say the Attorney General’s Office only gave three months after police began investigating Netanyahu in March 2016.

The lawyers also contend that although available material indicates that former Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua was acting as a police informant in Case 4,000 (the Bezeq-Walla case), they never received any documents that clarify his status in the investigation.

Lawyers for Arnon Mozes separately requested documents and other information relating to the circumstances under which Netanyahu’s close aide Nathan Eshel was placed under electronic surveillance.

Navit Negev-Ram and Iris Niv-Sabag have also asked for material from the cellphone of state’s witness Ari Harow, who had recorded Mozes and Netanyahu discussing their alleged deal. They also seek additional information about conversations between the prosecution and Sheldon and Miriam Adelson before they came to give evidence to the police.

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Attorneys for Shaul and Iris Elovitch, who are implicated in Case 4,000, also said that a lot of material had never been made available to them, particularly documents relating to what they called controversial investigation methods and pressure that was exerted on those turning state’s evidence.

Jacques Chen and Michal Rosen-Ozer said they had never received sufficient documentation of the course of events that led to the alleged intimidation of state’s witness Nir Hefetz, in which a female acquaintance of his was summoned for questioning so that he’d think that his relationship with his family was at risk.

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