Israel’s Former PM Negotiates For a Plea Deal in a Fraud Trial

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal which could end his corruption trial.

Local media report that this agreement could see Netanyahu plead guilty to reduced charges in return for community service instead of a possible jail term.

It is alleged that he has in recent days been discussing a plea deal with the Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.

Local media say an unnamed source connected to the talks confirmed the negotiations.

They further report that Mr Netanyahu instructed his lawyers to continue the talks despite reported objections by his family to not plead guilty to some charges against him.

In his last five years in office, Netanyahu saw the police conduct investigations into allegations against him followed by the start of his trial in 2020.

Netanyahu is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three separate cases. 

He has however denied all the charges, saying they are politically motivated.

Political analysts in the country say the charges have significantly weakened Netanyahu politically.

They also say that polls reports suggest that a majority of the country are opposed to the plea deal, saying Netanyahu’s fate should be decided in court.

He however still remains a member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.

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