Prosecutors Correct Netanyahu Indictment Details

YERUSHALAYIM -
Jack Chen, a member of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s defense counsel. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In response to a complaint from lawyers for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu‏‏, state prosecutors have filed a more detailed version of the indictment against him in three corruption cases.

The detailed list includes 315 specific requests to change the Walla news site’s coverage in favor of Netanyahu and his family.

Prosecutors say there are indications that the prime minister himself was personally involved in some 150 of the demands. As amended, the indictment has all expressions referring to Netanyahu and his family removed, and replaced with references to Netanyahu alone.

The alleged demands include changing the wording of articles to be more favorable toward Netanyahu, extending the airtime and prominence of positive stories, deleting or editing headlines that were unfavorable, and running more negative stories about his political rivals.

The court ordered the state to revise the charge sheet, and detail a list of instances in which the premier allegedly made requests from tycoon Shaul Elovitch for favorable changes of coverage in the Elovitch-owned Walla news site, in an alleged bribery deal between the two that included regulatory benefits.


Updated Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 11:59 am .