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Defending Netanyahu, Likud MK compares attorney general to Stalin

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Likud MK Shlomo Karhi on Wednesday accused Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit of purposely leaking comments saying that former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a threat to Israeli democracy, in order to distract attention from weaknesses in the prosecution’s case in the ongoing corruption trial against the ex-premier.

In defending party leader Netanyahu, who is accused of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, Karhi told Channel 12 news that Mandelblit himself was the biggest threat to the country’s political freedom.

“Mandelblit is the biggest disaster ever for Israeli democracy,” he said, accusing the attorney-general of threatening witnesses, contaminating the investigation, and leaking deliberately in order to effect a “corrupt coup d’etat.”

Channel 12 reported on Tuesday that Mandelblit had recently told associates that Netanyahu was in the process of fraying Israeli democracy.

According to the report, Mandelblit said Netanyahu sought to appoint state prosecutors and Supreme Court judges who would protect him and ensure the cases against him were closed, and that though Netanyahu was no longer in power, the danger to the was not over.

Channel 12 did not provide a recording of the purported conversation, nor did it cite the source for the transcripts.

Karhi said it was “false and ridiculous” to suggest that the leaks had been made without Mandelblit’s knowledge. “We know that everything the State Attorney’s Office and the prosecution want [to make public] is immediately spread on the media stage,” he said.

“Mandelblit can see that his trial [of Netanyahu] is crashing,” Karhi said, referring to testimony from a key state witness that, the MK claimed, showed there was no basis for the bribery charge against Netanyahu.

“So he [Mandelblit] is trying all kinds of spin,” Karhi said.

He accused the attorney-general of “using methods of Stalin and Russia to carry........

© The Times of Israel

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