The politically motivated Netanyahu indictment

By Shoula Romano Horing:

On Thursday, February 28, the Israeli attorney general announced his intention to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pending an indictment hearing a few weeks before the general election set for April 9, charging him with three counts of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

In most leading Western democracies, a sitting national political leader such as a prime minister or a president is immune from criminal indictment or criminal prosecution in criminal courts as long as he is in office. The legal reasoning behind such policies in the U.S., France, Britain, Germany, Canada, and Australia is the prevention of politically motivated investigations and the undoing of national elections as decided by the voters.

But not in Israel.

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