Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted on a series of corruption charges, including bribery and fraud. The indictment was announced on Thursday by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who said the indictment was based on solid legal evidence.
Mandelblit said the prime minister would face charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery. Netanyahu is alleged to have received thousands of dollars worth of gifts in a deal to change the media regulatory frameworks. The deal would then see the prime minister receive positive press coverage.
Mr. Netanyahu denied all wrongdoing saying he would not step down as the prime minister. “What is going on here is an attempt to stage a coup against the prime minister,” he said.
In a 15-minute speech, Netanyahu said the detectives “weren’t after the truth, they were after me”. He accused the judiciary, the police and public institutions of bias.
The indictment comes amidst the ongoing political uncertainty after the country’s two inconclusive elections in a year.