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Netanyahu’s lawyers to court: Cancel ‘invented’ criminal charges against PM

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defense attorneys on Sunday asked the Jerusalem District Court to throw out the criminal indictment against the premier, claiming law enforcement “invented” the corruption charges.

In their 200-page request, the prime minister’s lawyers alleged that police investigators used illegitimate means to secure evidence, thus disqualifying the criminal charges, and asked the Jerusalem District Court to throw out the case.

“The investigation materials reveal serious actions [by law enforcement] that require the indictment to be canceled — they did not investigate a crime, they invented a crime,” his lawyers alleged, according to Hebrew media reports.

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Among the allegations, the lawyers said they brought “dozens of examples of improper investigative methods, [including] threatening witnesses, using their personal lives to interrogate them, silencing witnesses, selective enforcement, ignoring evidence favoring [Netanyahu], and additional unusual actions.”

“This is an unprecedented event,” the lawyers charged,........

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