Liberman set to deny all charges as trial kicks off

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February 17, 2013 07:21

 
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The trial of Yisrael Beytenu leader and former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman starts on Sunday in a dramatic case that will determine his political fate and will likely go down in history with the cases of former prime minister Ehud Olmert and former president Moshe Katsav.

After months of speculation about a plea bargain agreement, Liberman is expected to plead not guilty and deny all the charges against him.

If Liberman, 54, is convicted and his actions are found to constitute moral turpitude, he will have to resign from the Knesset and be out of politics for a minimum of seven years, sidelining and possibly ending the political career of a man who is not much more than a heartbeat away from the post of prime minister.

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