State Attorney’s Office Rejects Netanyahu’s Request to Delay Testimony

By Aryeh Stern

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu seen at the District Court in Yerushalayim during one of his trials, in 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The State Attorney’s Office on Sunday rejected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s request to delay his testimony in his corruption trial until March 2025, stating that such a postponement would freeze the criminal case for eight months.

The State Attorney’s Office insisted that Netanyahu’s testimony should commence no later than Nov. 1, asserting this would provide sufficient time for preparation.

Netanyahu’s attorney had requested the extension two weeks ago, citing the Prime Minister’s need for additional time to prepare due to his management of the ongoing war against Hamas in Gaza, among other reasons.

“The overriding public interest in this [legal] process is the completion of the criminal proceedings and a ruling… Delay in the completion of the process causes substantial damage to the public,” the State Attorney’s Office responded, noting that the indictment against Netanyahu was filed four and a half years ago.

“The Prime Minister made clear that his service as prime minister would not influence the management of the legal process,” the State Attorney’s Office stated. “There is for sure no place for such influence on the Prime Minister’s testimony and the beginning of the defense’s case, and there is for sure no place for a de facto halt to the trial or for its suspension.”

The Yerushalayim District Court is scheduled to hold a hearing on Netanyahu’s request on Tuesday and will then decide whether to grant it.

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