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It’s official: AG submits Netanyahu indictmet, giving PM 30 days to get immunity

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit delivered his indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Monday.

The document contains which court Netanyahu should report to as well as a list of witnesses the prosecution plans to call to the stand.

The official submission of the indictment, some two weeks after it was unveiled, triggered a 30-day period under which Netanyahu can seek immunity. Netanyahu would have to formally request the Knesset’s House Committee to grant him immunity. Under Israeli law, the committee can grant it if he can prove that his indictment would be of great detriment to the state or if there are other unique circumstances.

It is unclear whether the committee will be able to vote on any such request, since the Knesset has yet to formally appoint committee members. There is also the question of whether the Knesset is allowed to deliberate on such matters during a transition period between two governments, as is the current state of affairs.

In a letter enclosed with the indictment, Mandelblit wrote that the document adhered to the Knesset Immunity Law, despite earlier objections raised by Netanyahu’s legal team.

“Today, December 2, 2019, will mark the beginning of the 30 days [Netanyahu] may request from the Knesset that the state will grant him immunity,” he wrote.