Netanyahu trial: Defense tries to cut half of bribery charges out of trial

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Netanyahu trial: Defense tries to cut half of bribery charges out of trial
The defense undermined the prosecution with the text Elovitch sent Yeshua saying Netanyahu “would commit suicide for me” to show the commitment of both sides to the media bribery scheme.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
MAY 10, 2021

The defense in the public corruption trial of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bezeq and Walla owner Shaul Elovitch tried to dismiss almost half of the bribery charges in one fell swoop on Monday before the Jerusalem District Court. In day three of cross-examining Ilan Yeshua regarding Case 4000, the “Bezeq-Walla Media Bribery Affair,” Elovitch lawyer Jacques Chen got the former Walla CEO to admit that the sale of Yad2 to German publishing house Axel Springer SE in May 2014 was not part of any bribery scheme. Elovitch’s sale of Yad2 earned him around NIS 800 million of the NIS 1.8 billion which the state has said were part of the bribery scheme. If Yeshua’s admission convinces the court, that NIS 1.8 billion would suddenly drop to a maximum of NIS 1 billion, much of which relates to the Bezeq-YES merger deal from 2015. Essentially, Chen portrayed the Yad2 sale as a legitimate transaction in which Yeshua himself reaped an NIS 15 million bonus.

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