Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday declined a request by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to delay his pre-indictment hearing in the cases against him.
Netanyahu had asked the attorney general for a delay Wednesday, citing the recent elections, and the new election campaign under way.
“The dissolution of the Knesset and the holding of new elections can’t in and of themselves constitute a consideration that justifies delaying the hearing date in the investigations concerning the prime minister,” a top adviser to Mandelblit, Gil Limon, wrote in a letter to Netanyahu’s lawyers.
Limon noted that Netanyahu was given six months to prepare for the hearing, from when the evidence became available to Netanyahu’s lawyers in April to the scheduled date of the hearing in October.
Mandelblit’s refusal to delay the hearing was expected, and it was reported that the prime minister was already preparing to petition the High Court in response.