Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (File Photo)
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (File Photo)

I won't resign if attorney general indicts me: Benjamin Netanyahu

ANI | Updated: Jan 01, 2019 03:59 IST

Tel Aviv [Israel], Jan 1 (ANI): Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said that he would not resign even if he is indicted by the attorney general under one or any of the corruption charges leveled against him.
The Times of Israel quoted the Israeli Prime Minister on the issue who while addressing a press conference during his ongoing visit to Brazil said that "The law does not require him to do so".
Denying the three corruption charges levelled against him, Netanyahu cited the legal procedure while asserting that the law doesn't require him to step aside before any hearing.
"Israel is a country of law, and the law does not require that a prime minister resigns during the process of a hearing," the Prime Minister added.
"The hearing doesn't end until my side is heard. And therefore it is not logical to open a hearing process before elections if you can't finish it before elections," he said.
"Imagine what happens if you oust a prime minister before the end of the hearing process, and at the end of the hearing, it is decided to close the case. That would be absurd, and a terrible blow to democracy," Netanyahu added.
Meanwhile, if Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit of Israel's High Court of Justice indicts Netanyahu in graft charges, the later would still be entitled to defend himself at a hearing before formal charges are filed. However, the attorney general is yet to confirm whether he would be acting upon the graft case before the general elections scheduled to be held in April.
The Israeli Police had confirmed charges of two graft cases against Netanyahu, one, whereby the Prime Minister accepted gifts from billionaire friends and the second, over trading positive media coverage for advantageous legislation for a newspaper. The third time, the Israeli Prime Minister was accused by the authorities of allegedly favoring the country's largest telecom giant 'Bezeq' in return for more positive coverage of him and his wife, on Bezeq's subsidiary news website, Walla. (ANI)