'The truth of my innocence will win out'

PM Netanyahu says A-G caved to left-wing pressure to indict him before the elections, but he will be vindicated in post-election hearing.

Yoni Kempinski,

Netanyahu and his wife Sara
Netanyahu and his wife Sara
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu criticized Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and claimed that Mandelblit has succumbed to pressure exerted against him by the left and the media to issue an indictment against the prime minister before the elections on April 9.

"It is regrettable that the pressure of the left and the media apparently causes the attorney general to hasten to announce a hearing before the elections, while the truth will be published in the hearing process only after the elections," Netanyahu said.

"I am sorry that the attorney general rejected my request to confront the state's witnesses and my lawyers' request to investigate dozens of witnesses who have not been interrogated and prove my innocence," he said.

"All this will happen in the hearing process that will take place only after the elections and in which all the arguments against me will be crushed, as was the case with other public figures who were vindicated after being given the chance to defend themselves.

Netanyahu made the remarks in response to Attorney General Mandelblit's statement that, in spite of the request of the prime minister's attorneys, there is no reason to carry out further investigation into the cases relating to Netanyahu.

"It was also made clear to the defense attorneys that the information in their possession is very partial, and it was noted that some of the parties mentioned in their letter, for whom they requested that their testimony be taken, have already given testimony during the investigation," it was written.

At this stage, the evidence is being examined by the attorney general. "As we have explained in the past, it is proposed to refrain from relying on various publications about the evidence or the process of working on the files, and to adhere only to the official publications," Mandelblit's senior aide wrote.