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Netanyahu trial: Judges say police can re-question key witness over new evidence

16 4 10

The Jerusalem District Court on Sunday rejected a request by lawyers for Bezeq telecom owner Shaul Elovitch and his wife Iris Elovitch to prevent prosecutors from further questioning a key witness in a bribery case for which former premier Benjamin Netanyahu is also on trial.

Last month, prosecutors announced that former Walla news editor Avi Alkalay had been summoned for questioning regarding his correspondence with the website’s ex-CEO, Ilan Yeshua, who was testifying in the case, which involves an alleged scheme trading positive news coverage for regulatory favors. The correspondence was found on Yeshua’s phone.

But the defense claimed that allowing the questioning while the trial was ongoing would taint any fresh testimony from Alkalay, demanding that the trial be stopped to allow police to conduct “a complete investigation, with all the relevant investigatory material.”

Judges rejected the claim, saying that “there was nothing out of order in the prosecution’s decision to carry out further investigation of Alkalay.”

Alkalay also will be called as a witness in the Bezeq-Walla alleged bribery case, known as Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is accused of abusing his powers when he served as........

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