Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit (R).
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyers doubled-down on Sunday on an earlier request to Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to probe leaks to the media of damaging information relating to the public corruption probes against him.
Lawyer Amit Hadad said that three leaks over the last week to Channel 12 and Haaretz brought the total number of leaks against Netanyahu to the astounding number of 123.
Hadad said that the volume and continuity of the leaks was inexcusable and harmed Netanyahu’s right to a fair trial by negatively influencing the public and perspective judges’ views of him and the cases.
The original letter sent by Netanyahu’s lawyers dates back to January during the height of election season.
Mandelblit has not announced a probe of the leaks, and indications to The Jerusalem Post have been that he believes there is no way to seriously tackle the situation without infringing on freedom of the press, something he wishes to avoid.
In February, Mandelblit announced that he will likely eventually indict Netanyahu for bribery and breach of trust in three different cases.