Israel’s Netanyahu given until January 1 to request immunity Dec 03, 2019 0 115 12345 DPATel AvivIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has until January 1 to ask parliament for immunity against criminal charges, the country’s attorney general said on Monday.If Netanyahu does not succeed in getting a majority of Israel’s 120 lawmakers to support immunity, he will be tried in Jerusalem, Avichai Mandelblit wrote in a letter to the speaker of the Knesset.The letter accompanied an extended version of the indictment that Mandelblit announced last month.The extended version listed the names of 333 witnesses, among them top business people, aides and politicians, as well as detailed that the trial would take place in Jerusalem District Court, not Tel Aviv.The attorney general added that he had accepted Netanyahu’s request for the 30-day period during which, under Israeli law, a prime minister may request immunity from parliament to begin from Monday.Mandelblit had announced last month that Netanyahu would be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases.It’s the first time in Israel’s history that a sitting prime minister will be charged with corruption.Netanyahu has dismissed the charges as an “attempted coup.” A 21-day period, within which a third parliamentary election within one year can still be avoided, is due to end on December 11.Netanyahu has twice failed to form a coalition - once after an April election and a second time after a September vote. His rival, Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White faction, has failed once. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE IN KUWAIT Dec 03, 2019 0 143 Iran the common villain in Middle East protests: Pompeo Dec 03, 2019 0 102 30 killed across Syria as violence escalates Dec 03, 2019 0 102 Demonstrator killed in new anti-UN protest in DR Congo Beni: A young man was killed and five other people were wounded on Monday in a new protest against UN forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an AFP reporter saw. Demonstrations have erupted in the city of .. Burkina Faso begins military operation after church attack Ouagadougou: Security forces on Monday launched a military search operation after 14 people were killed in a “barbaric attack” on a Protestant church in Burkina Faso’s east, authorities said. Security personnel were .. 17 killed, 36 injured in Morocco bus crash Rabat: A bus crash in northern Morocco killed 17 people as the vehicle overturned, the health ministry said on Monday, in the second such accident in North Africa the same day. The bus crashed on Sunday near Taza, a town .. Air strikes in Libyan capital kill five, says govt health ministry Tripoli: At least five civilians were killed and 10 wounded in overnight air strikes in a suburb of Libya’s capital, the unity government’s health ministry said on Monday. “Violent air raids on the residential area of .. S Sudan compound attacked by gunmen Juba: An international aid organisation said on Monday that a group of armed men had stormed their compound in northeastern South Sudan, assaulting and injuring five staff members. Relief International said the attack .. Iran unrest killed ‘at least 208’: Amnesty International AFP LondoN At least 208 people are believed to have been killed during a crackdown on protests in Iran last month that followed a sharp fuel price hike, Amnesty International said on Monday. “The number of people believed .. Iraq parties in talks over new PM amid unrelenting protests AFP Baghdad Iraq’s rival parties were negotiating the contours of a new government on Monday, after the previous cabinet was brought down by a two-month protest movement insisting on even more deep-rooted change. After ..