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Netanyahu Invokes ‘Parliamentary Immunity’ In 3 Criminal Charges: ‘I Deserve Protection’

Facing the possibility of jail time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday announced that he will seek parliamentary immunity in three corruption cases, claiming he deserves parliament’s protection.

The announcement was made just hours before his deadline for an application was set to expire, Reuters reports. The proceedings could be delayed for months, according to the news agency.

Netanyahu was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust for exchanging state favors to media barons for gifts and positive news coverage, making history as the first current leader of Israel to face criminal charges.

The parliament is not expected to back Netanyahu’s request with a majority of votes before the March 2 election, Reuters reported. The prime minister has strived to get majority support in parliament to form a government after elections but failed to do so in April and September.

The prime minister maintains he did nothing wrong and says the media and the left are using this to try to remove him from power.

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