Liberman arrives at Jerusalem court to hear verdict in fraud trial

November 6, 2013 09:13

Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman arrived has arrived at the Jerusalem's Magistrate's Court where he is expected to be given a verdict in the fraud and breach of trust trial against him.

A three-judge panel of the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court is set to decide the legal and political fate of the Yisrael Beytenu Party leader on Wednesday morning.

If he is found innocent by judges Hagit Mack-Kalmanovitz, Yitzhak Shimoni and Eitan Kornhauser, many are predicting that his popularity would be further boosted, he would immediately return to the post of foreign minister, and he would be among the first in line to succeed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as leader of the country’s right wing.

If he is convicted with a finding of moral turpitude, his resignation as foreign minister would be made permanent, he would be forced to resign from the Knesset, and he would be banned from political life for seven years.

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