The Times Of Israel reports:
Prosecutors are reportedly fuming over reports that former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been holding secret talks with the attorney general over a plea deal in his corruption trial, which is now said to be just awaiting Netanyahu’s final approval.
Meanwhile, political forces believe a plea deal that removes Netanyahu from the political sphere could cause the speedy collapse of the current, ideologically splintered governing coalition.
Netanyahu, the opposition leader, is on trial in three separate graft cases, after being indicted in 2019 for fraud, breach of trust and bribery. News broke earlier this week that the former prime minister was conducting secret negotiations with Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit over a potential plea deal.
Israel 24 reports:
Israel’s state prosecution believes that former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will sign a plea deal within days, Channel 12 News reported Friday. The report cited unnamed officials who assessed that Netanyahu decided to go for a deal, with an agreement that could be finalized as early as next week.
The reported deal would only see bribery charges against Netanyahu being removed, however, he would be required to agree to a conviction including “moral turpitude.” This would eject him from public life for at least seven years, most likely ending his political career.
Deal stipulates that Netanyahu must leave public life for seven years if he is found guilty of “moral vileness” by a court, potentially ending his political career
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