Israeli PM Netanyahu demands to face witnesses in his corruption case

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded a face-to-face meeting the witnesses in his three corruption cases during a televised statement today.

Mr Netanyahu said that he has previously insisted upon a meeting with the state's witnesses to 'look them in the eye and show them the truth', but his requests were denied.

Address - Series - Corruption - Allegations - Announcement

He used the prime-time address to again dismiss a series of corruption allegations against him, in what was billed as a 'dramatic announcement'.

Mr Netanyahu said it would be 'unjust' for him to be indicted ahead of early elections called for on April 9 without a chance to respond to the claims against him.

Authorities - Requests - State - Witnesses - Person

He said authorities had denied his requests to confront state witnesses in person, and he offered to do so on live television. 'What are they afraid of? What do they have to hide?' he said.

Police have recommended indicting Mr Netanyahu on an array of charges stemming from three corruption investigations, but it falls to his hand-picked attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, to decide whether to bring charges.

Premier - Wrongdoing - Investigations - 'witch - Hunt

The premier has denied any wrongdoing and branded the investigations a 'witch hunt' orchestrated by his political opponents and a hostile media.

He has said he will not give up his re-election campaign or resign from office if indicted.

Media - Address - Monday - Stations - Commentators

The Israeli media scrambled to cover his address on Monday, running it live on all major stations, only to have commentators widely dismiss the brief address as a ploy by the prime minister to again attack the investigation.

In a terse statement, the Justice Ministry defended its probes, saying they had been handled professionally.

Justice - Ministry - Spokesman - 'It - Law

Justice Ministry spokesman said: 'It would be inappropriate for law enforcement authorities to refer to the actions taken in the...
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