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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks to skip opening of corruption trial

May 19, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyers asked a Jerusalem court on Tuesday for their client to be exempted from attending the start of his impending corruption trial.

The request from Netanyahu's legal team, seen by AFP, comes after the justice ministry objected to the veteran premier missing his first hearing on May 24.Netanyahu's presence in the court requires five bodyguards, his lawyers wrote, meaning the hearing would not be able to take place "Within the limitations set by the health ministry due to the coronavirus pandemic".

The premier's legal team asked the court for an exemption after discussing it with the justice ministry.