JERUSALEM (AP) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus attorneys met today with Israels attorney general and other top law enforcement officials in Netanyahus long-awaited pre-indictment hearing on a series of corruption scandals.
The hearing is the last step before formal charges are pressed and has been delayed many times already. It looms large over Netanyahus efforts to extend his political career. The sessions are expected to last four days and they come just two weeks after Israels second inconclusive election of the year.
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit has recommended indicting Netanyahu on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges in three different cases. The hearing offers Netanyahus legal team a chance to present its defense in hopes of convincing authorities to drop the charges. A decision on whether to indict is expected by the end of the year.