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Netanyahu’s Pre-indictment Hearing Won’t Be Delayed, Israel’s Attorney General Says

The prime minister’s lawyers refuse to collect the massive evidence files until arrears fees are paid, but Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit says the preliminary hearing must take place by July 10 regardless

Netanyahu’s pre-indictment must take place by July 10 and cannot be postponed, Israel’s attorney general said Sunday.

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit said the preliminary hearing for the bribery and corruption cases against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must take place in mid-July as planned, despite complaints by his lawyers that they haven’t been paid and therefore require additional time.

At Netanyahu’s request, Mandelblit had agreed that the prosecution wouldn’t hand the evidence over to the defense attorneys before the general election, held Aparil 9, since Netanyahu was afraid the material would leak and be used against him during the campaign.

With the election now over, his lawyers are supposed to retrieve the evidence and start preparing. However, they haven’t been paid for their services to date, and have refused to resume their work until they are.