Benjamin Netanyahu – live: Prime minister dismisses corruption charges as attempt to 'depose him' as he arrives at East Jerusalem courthouse

Conrad Duncan
Benjamin Netanyahu attends the first Cabinet meeting of the new government at the Chagall Hall in the Knesset: AP

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused police and prosecutors of conspiring to "depose him" as he arrived in court on Sunday for the first criminal trial ever against a sitting Israeli leader.

Mr Netanyahu is attending the opening hearing at a Jerusalem district court to hear the arraignment against him, after a request to have his lawyers represent him instead was rejected.

The leader faces charges of fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of corruption cases linked to his ties with wealthy friends. He has strongly denied the charges against him.

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