Netanyahu Beefs up Legal Team Ahead of Possible Indictment Announcement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the opening of an exhibition showcasing the 1976 Israeli commando rescue raid that freed hostages from a hijacked plane at Entebbe, Uganda, as he attends the event at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
AP/Dan Balilty

The Times of Israel reports: With the attorney general gearing up to announce a possible indictment against him, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has beefed up his defense team, hiring prominent defense attorney Pini Rubin, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Sunday.

Rubin has previously represented a number of high-profile clients, including Arnon Milchan, a movie producer named as having given Netanyahu hundreds of thousands of shekels worth of champagne and cigars, in one of the three corruption investigations against the prime minister.

Rubin will join attorneys Navot Ben Zur, Amit Hadad and Former Tel Aviv District Court judge Oded Mudrick on the prime minister’s defense team. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is currently reviewing the cases and weighing whether to announce an indictment against Netanyahu before April’s elections, which the premier has called on him not to do.

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