Court agrees to 3-week recess in Netanyahu trial to review new evidence

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Court agrees to 3-week recess in Netanyahu trial to review new evidence
Judges reject defense request to halt proceedings until September, but agree to compromise after ordering search through hundreds of thousands of messages from phone of key witness
By Michael Bachner and TOI staff
16 June 2021

The Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday adjourned the trial against former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for three weeks to allow the defense time to review new evidence. The decision came after judges rejected the defense’s request to halt proceedings until September, following the recent order of a search through the phone of key witness, former Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua. The directive will likely require sifting through 350,000 messages and emails from Yeshua’s phone. The search will focus on Yeshua’s conversations with politicians, businessmen, and others that related to news coverage at Walla.

Prosecutor Yehudit Tirosh had agreed that the proceedings should be delayed to allow time to search Yeshua’s phone and hand over the findings to the defense lawyers, but argued that a two-week postponement was sufficient. The court ultimately agreed to a three-week compromise. The judges gave the prosecution until June 28 to hand over the new evidence. The trial will pick up on July 5 with the continuation of Yeshua’s testimony, the court said.

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