Netanyahu trial: Protection tries to chop half of bribery fees

2021-05-10 22:05:41

The protection within the public corruption trial of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bezeq and Walla proprietor Shaul Elovitch on Monday earlier than the Jerusalem District Courtroom tried to sever nearly half of the bribery fees from the trial in a single fell swoop.

In day three of cross-examining Ilan Yeshua relating to Case 4000, the Bezeq-Walla media bribery affair, Elovitch lawyer Jacques Chen bought the previous Walla CEO to confess that the sale of Yad-2 to German publishing home Axel Springer SE in Could 2014 was not a part of any bribery scheme.

Elovitch’s sale of Yad-2 earned him round NIS 800 million of the NIS 1.8 billion which the state has stated have been a part of the bribery scheme.

If Yeshua’s admission convinces the courtroom, that NIS 1.8 billion would all of the sudden drop to a most of NIS 1 billion, a lot of which pertains to the Bezeq-YES merger deal from 2015.

Basically, Chen portrayed the Yad-2 sale as a professional transaction through which Yeshua himself reaped an NIS 15 million bonus.

Yeshua confirmed to Chen that he had strategized with Elovitch about easy methods to affect the Communications Ministry in addition to Walla’s reporting with the intention to get the Yad-2 deal accredited as a result of he thought if it failed it could “be a nationwide catastrophe for the state.”

He additionally believed it was legitimate for him to get a bonus for serving to push the deal by means of, one thing which strengthens the protection argument that the previous Walla CEO was performing in his personal curiosity, and never for some sort of bribery scheme related to Netanyahu.

Additional, Yeshua blamed “dangerous private relations,” versus critical coverage issues, between Elovitch after which communications minister Gilad Erdan for the deal’s approval being quickly held up.

The prosecution’s place on the problem seems to be that Yeshua’s function for them within the case is to verify {that a} media bribery scheme was occurring for years.

Yeshua has confirmed this extensively for the Bezeq-YES merger deal.

This implies the prosecution doesn’t really feel that they should depend on his narrative for outlining the precise beginning or finish level, such that even when Yeshua believes Elovitch and Netanyahu acted legally throughout the Yad-2 deal, this would possibly simply come from his lack of a authorized background.

Nonetheless, for the protection, getting Yeshua “on their facet” for such a big chunk of the case can undermine the prosecution’s broader argument of their being a sample of media bribery even the place Yeshua helps the prosecution.  

One other level the place the protection undermined the prosecution was relating to the headline-making textual content Elovitch despatched Yeshua saying Netanyahu “would commit suicide for me” to present the dedication of each side to the media bribery scheme.

Whereas the prosecution offered this as damning proof for its case, the protection demonstrated whereas questioning Yeshua that Elovitch exaggerated his closeness to Netanyahu on many events.

On one event, Elovitch informed Yeshua that Netanyahu ate at Elovitch’s residence, although this didn’t happen.

Furthermore, the particular assertion of “would commit suicide for me,” Elovitch took from an alleged dialog {that a} third occasion medical supplier had supposedly informed Elovitch that Netanyahu had informed him.

Nonetheless, Elovitch has by no means spoken to this medical supplier.

Which means that although Elovitch’s textual content to Yeshua is simple, the protection can argue it was simply one other exaggeration and didn’t replicate Netanyahu’s precise intent or psychological state.  

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