Ben-Eliezer to court: I have forgotten entire events

Former defense minister and presidential hopeful Binyamin Ben-Eliezer on Sunday defended himself against charges of bribery, money-laundering, fraud, breach of public trust and tax offenses, while also stating that he had forgotten entire events after spending time in a medically induced coma five years ago.

In December, Ben-Eliezer, 80, was indicted along with businessmen Jacky Ben-Zaken, Charlie Yehuda, Roi Mutzfi, Avraham Nanikashvili and Ben-Eliezer’s former bureau chief Ayelet Azoulay. He was arraigned by the Tel Aviv District Court in February, but was exempt from appearing at the hearing given his old age and poor health.


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