Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to negotiate plea deal in trial - report

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Benjamin Netanyahu attempted to negotiate plea deal in trial - report
Talks between Netanyahu and the prosecution reportedly broke down due to the former's demands to not be convicted or face any jail time.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Published: JANUARY 12, 2022

Opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu has been negotiating a potential plea bargain with the State Attorney's Office over the last few weeks, Maariv reported on Wednesday. The talks between Netanyahu's defense team and the prosecution, which were held in complete secrecy, have broken down due to the former prime minister's demands to not be convicted or face any jail time. Netanyahu reportedly instigated negotiations as he believes attorney-general Avichai Mandelblit, who will step down from his role at the end of January, is interested in finishing his tenure as A-G with a "clean slate."

The former prime minister hoped the short window of opportunity could be used to negotiate a suitable plea deal for himself, according to the report. Mandelblit, on the other hand, refused to enter negotiations unless Netanyahu agrees to plead guilty on all charges and to be given probation, along with a hefty fine. When Netanyahu refused to agree to Mandelblit's terms, negotiations broke down.

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Report: Netanyahu negotiating plea deal in which he would resign
Netanyahu reportedly in negotiations with AG Mandelblit in which he would plead guilty to breach of trust, temporarily retire from politics.

In recent weeks, contacts have been held between opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit over a possible plea deal in the trial against the former prime minister. The contacts lasted a long time and took place under complete secrecy, with few knowing of their existence. Netanyahu is the one who initiated the negotiations.

Channel 13 News reported that as part of the negotiations, Netanyahu agreed to retire from political life for a few years, that is, to retire before he is convicted in court and thus avoid the issue of moral turpitude. Netanyahu also agreed to plead guilty to breach of trust. Mandelblit insists on a minimum sentence of community service and an admission of moral turpitude, which could end Netanyahu's political career and has been the main sticking point in the negotiations.

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