Judges in former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial yesterday rejected a request to postpone the trial until after the Jewish holidays in September.

Iran PressMiddle East: Netanyahu's lawyers claimed the postponement would allow them enough time to study prosecution material in Case 4000.

However, the Israeli news outlet reported that the judges agreed to a three-week postponement, Ynet News reported.


Netanyahu is entangled in four political scandals: Case 1000 which involves allegations that the ex-PM and his wife accepted illegal gifts from businessmen; Case 2000 which accuses Netanyahu of attempting to buy favourable newspaper coverage; Case 3000, also known as the "submarine scandal" would have seen Israel purchase naval vessels and submarines from a German firm with millions of shekels allegedly "skimmed" off the top of the deals for personal profit; and Case 4000, in which a close associate of Netanyahu is suspected of providing confidential information to Israel's largest telecoms company.