Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be indicted for corruption

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be indicted for corruption

Israel's attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases. The momentous move that shook up Israel's election campaign and could spell the end of the prime minister's political career.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced his decision after more than two years of intense investigations and deliberations.

Police had recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three different cases that ranged from accepting expensive gifts from wealthy allies to allegedly trading influence for more favorable press coverage.

"The attorney general has reached his decision after thoroughly examining the evidence," his statement said, CBC News reported.

The final decision on indictment will only take place after a hearing, where Netanyahu is given the opportunity to defend himself. That process is expected to take many months and be completed long after the April 9 elections.

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