Report: Attorney General Mulling Breach of Trust Charge in Netanyahu Case

Israeli attorney general Avichai Mandelblit gestures as he speaks during an event at the Presidential compound in Jerusalem on July 19, 2017. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON / AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Times of Israel reports: Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit reportedly does not agree with police that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be tried for bribery in one of the three corruption cases against him, instead leaning toward a breach of trust charge.

Police have recommended that Netanyahu face bribery charges in all of the cases against him, including so-called Case 1000. But Channel 10 news reported Sunday that Mandeblit had told judicial officials in private conversations that he is mulling the lesser charge for that case.

Mandelblit’s decisions on whether to press charges against Netanyahu, and if so, what charges, could have a profound influence on the elections in April, and on his ability to continue to lead the country. Netanyahu has vowed to not step down even if he is indicted.

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