Netanyahu’s corruption trial to begin on March 17

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 20: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks makes a statement before a right wing parties meeting on November 20, 2019 in Jerusalem, Israel. Israel may face third election after Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu struggle to form coalition. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial will begin on March 17, two weeks after a national election, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the ministry said Netanyahu will be required to be present at the session, at which an indictment against him will be read. The right-wing leader has denied any wrongdoing in three corruption cases. He is the first sitting Israeli prime minister to be charged with a crime.