Israel's attorney general has rejected Benjamin Netanyahu's plea to postpone his decision on whether to indict the prime minister on corruption charges until after elections in April.
The attorney general, Avichai Mandelblit, sent a letter to Netanyahu's attorneys on Friday February 1st, saying that there was "no impediment" to publishing his decision before elections. This development is a setback to Netanyahu.
Mandelblit said that suspending the legal process would "violate the principle of equality before the law" and interfere with "the public's right to know." He added he would issue a decision "as soon as possible" but gave no specifics.
Police have recommended indicting Netanyahu on three corruption cases, but it is Mandelblit who makes the final decision. If he decides to indict, Netanyahu is entitled to defend himself at a hearing before formal charges are filed.