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Israeli PM Netanyahu appeared in Jerusalem courtroom to respond formally to corruption charges

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to court for responding on corruption charges at the resumption of his trial some six weeks before Israeli voters again pass judgment on his leadership.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu made no immediate statement to reporters in a heavily-guarded Jerusalem court building as he huddled with his lawyers, wearing a face mask, waiting for the session to begin.

Netanyahu was indicted in 2019 in long-running cases involving gifts from millionaire friends and for allegedly seeking regulatory favours for media tycoons in return for favourable coverage. He has denied any wrongdoing.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu last came to court in May at the start of a trial subsequently delayed by coronavirus lockdowns. At that session, he delivered a speech in the corridor, flanked by cabinet ministers from his right-wing Likud party, denouncing his prosecution as a political witch hunt.

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