ISRAEL'S PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU PRE-TRIAL TRIAL [Corruption/Bribery? News media good reports? cigars, gifts?]
10-23-19, * -- The ongoing criminal probes against Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhahu are reaching their climax. Reportedly after conducting a marathon four-day pre-indictment hearing for Netanyahu earlier this month, Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit intends to complete his review of the state prosecution’s cases and decide whether to indict prime minister Netanyahu by the end of November 2019.
The main charges against Netanyahu relate to his associations with media owners.
If Mandebilt relies on probes as a means to end Netanyahu’s career, he will do far more than overthrow a political leader. He will embrace a legal doctrine that rejects the very essence of democracy. [...]
Netanyahu’s request to bring in lawyers from the USA was granted. Legendary litigator Nathan Lewin and Professor Avi Bell from University of San Diego CA and Bar Ilan University law schools presented the main points raised by their colleagues Prof. Alan Dershowitz, Richard Heideman and Joseph Tipograph. They did not address the specific details of the probes against Netanyahu ... their brief focuses solely on the question at the heart of the two main investigations: "Is it permissible to define the provision of positive news coverage to a politician by a news organization as a form of bribery?" From Oslo to London to Sidney to Washington, the position of courts and senior jurists is that it is not permissible to criminalize, or even to set limits on such relations. Repeatedly the answer was, 'NO.' [...]
At the core of the state prosecutors’ desire to arrogate the power to criminalize politics stands a rejection of the democratic principle that the public is the sovereign and the source of political power, and an ambition to replace the public as the sovereign. [...] One of the key claims that state prosecutors have raised throughout their investigations of Netanyahu has been the claim that media owners do not have a legal right to set editorial policy in their publications. In their view, if a media owner blocks the publication of articles that adversely affect their editorial line, the owner is wrongly constraining his writers’ freedom of expression.
*Excerpted and adapted full original report from Caroline Glick, Front Page here
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