Israeli AG: Netanyahu cannot be involved in legal overhaul

Israeli AG: Netanyahu cannot be involved in legal overhaul

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's attorney general has told Benjamin Netanyahu that he must not be involved in an… TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's attorney general has told Benjamin Netanyahu that he must not be involved in an overhaul to the country's judicial system proposed by his government because it would amount to a conflict of interest over the prime minister's corruption trial, according to a letter made public Thursday. Netanyahu's new far-right government has been made changing the legal system a centerpiece of its legislative agenda and despite mounting public criticism, has charged ahead with steps to weaken the Supreme Court and grant politicians less judicial oversight in their policymaking. Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara's office also released her legal opinion concerning the proposed changes, and said they…
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Israel’s Attorney General tells Netanyahu to steer clear of judicial overhaul

Israel’s Attorney General tells Netanyahu to steer clear of judicial overhaul

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Jerusalem, Israel | xinhua | Israel's Attorney General has told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a letter made public Thursday that he must refrain from involvement in the government's proposed judicial reforms due to a possible conflict of interest with his ongoing corruption trial. Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara states in the letter that Netanyahu, as prime minister, “must avoid involvement in initiatives related to the legal system.” She stressed that Netanyahu must also not give "direct or indirect" instructions to others to advance the plan, including "informal consultations." The Attorney General expressed concern that there is “a reasonable risk” that Netanyahu's involvement would put him in a conflict of interest in his ongoing criminal trial over charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu is…
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