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19 Feb 2020 | 11:52 AM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Prime Minister Netanyahu to face trial in Jerusalem March 17

Prime Minister Netanyahu to face trial in Jerusalem on March 17; heightened security measures will likely be implemented



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due at the Jerusalem District Court to face his first hearing on Tuesday, March 17. The corruption trial will begin as of 15:00 (local time). Netanyahu is facing trial on two counts of fraud, two counts of breach of trust, and one count of bribery. This will mark the first time in the country's history in which a serving prime minister faces criminal charges.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the court on Tuesday and the weeks to follow as the trial progresses, which may prompt associated transportation disruptions. Demonstrations both in favor and against the prime minister cannot be ruled out during this period.


Individuals in Jerusalem are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.