National Post (National Edition)
NETANYAHU WALKS OUT ON HIS CORRUPTION TRIAL
TEL AVIV Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told judges in a Jerusalem court on Monday that he is innocent of corruption charges before abruptly standing, saying “thank you very much” and leaving with his motorcade.
Netanyahu quit the courtroom some 20 minutes after the start of Monday's hearing, which continued without him. The sessions kick-started the second phase of a precedent-setting legal procedure, which, for the first time, involves the indictment of an Israeli prime minister while still in office and campaigning for elections — the fourth in two years.
Since the trial formally began last May, Netanyahu has maintained his innocence and decried the case against him as part of a politically motivated conspiracy.