Netanyahu's trial kicks off in occupied lands

TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trial, who is accused of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in a series of graft probes that include buying positive news coverage and receiving illegal gifts from a rich donor, kicked off in Jerusalem in occupied territories, on Sunday.

Citing an unwillingness to breach regulations imposed by Israel's Ministry of Health banning crowds in enclosed spaces, Netanyahu tried to skip his first hearing but the High Court decided his presence was "necessary", ruling that only a few people would be let inside the courtroom, Sputnik reported.

The trial, previously scheduled for mid-March, was postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and kicked off at 13:00 GMT.

Arriving in the court, Netanyahu initially said the discussed accusations against him are meant to hit the right-wing supporters in the zionist regime through non-diplomatic methods.

If convicted, Netanyahu must step down according to zionist regime regulations, a process that will likely take several years.

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