Final corruption pre-trial hearings against Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, will kick off today on Wednesday, October 2, in Jerusalem.

The Israeli leader was taken to court on graft allegations relating to bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

It is alleged that the PM accepted gifts and favors from wealthy businessmen in exchange for positive press coverage. Mr. Netanyahu has since refuted the accusations.

The proceedings will be concluded next week Monday with the country’s Attorney General, Mr. Avichai Mandelblit, expected to make a ruling by the end of the year.

Mr. Netanyahu will be represented by a team of twelve lawyers who will try to convince the attorney general to drop the indictments.

The hearings come amid a political stalemate between Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Blue and White alliance led by Benny Gantz, following last month’s general election which ended in a deadlock.

Netanyahu did not heed to calls by Israeli President, Mr. Reuven Rivlin, to form a coalition with his political opponent after failing to secure a clear win in the last two parliamentary elections held in April and September this year.