Netanyahu Given Week to Respond to Petition for Contempt of High Court


The High Court gave Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a week to respond to a petition filed on Sunday, which seeks to hold the Prime Minister in contempt of court for allegedly violating a conflict of interest agreement blocking him from involvement in the government’s judicial reform due to his ongoing corruption trial.

Chief Justice Esther Hayut said that Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara and Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana, too, must respond by April 2.

The decision came after the Movement for Quality Government in Israel, a fierce opponent of the reforms, asked the court to force Netanyahu to obey the law and sanction him either with a fine or prison time for not doing so, saying that he was not above the law.

“A prime minister who doesn’t obey the court and the provisions of the law is privileged and an anarchist,” said Eliad Shraga. “The prime minister will be forced to bow his head before the law and comply with the provisions of the law.”

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