'Holding a pre-indictment hearing on his investigations before the elections on April 9 would be deleterious to democracy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.
“The hearing doesn’t end until you hear my side, and it doesn’t make sense to open the hearing process before the election if you can’t finish it before the election,” Netanyahu said in a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.
“Imagine what would happen if a prime minister was deposed before the end of a hearing, and then, at the end of the hearing, [the attorney-general] decides to close the case,” he added. “It’s absurd. It would cause terrible harm to democracy. In a democracy, who will lead is determined according to the polls and not a partial legal process.”
Police have recommended that Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges in three different cases, and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit plans to make decisions on all of them at once. Mandelblit said in the past week that the timing of his decision will not be impacted by the election.
Netanyahu said he will not resign if Mandelblit decides to hold a hearing, because “Israel is a country of laws, and according to the law, the prime minister doesn’t have to resign during a hearing process.”
Asked if he thinks the legal establishment is trying to get him, Netanyahu said: “I hope not. That’s why we have laws. Decisions aren’t made based on partial legal processes.”'
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