The permit committee will discuss the matter two days before the PM's trial opens • Reason for the renewed hearing: "A significant change in circumstances from the time before the previous decision"
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The State Comptroller's Permit Committee will discuss Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request for a donation to fund his legal expenses on March 15, two days before his trial opens.
This week, it was reported that the permit committee reversed the previous assembly decision and announced its intention to hold a monthly hearing on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request to receive funding for his legal expenses.
Retired Judicial Committee Chairman Nechama Monitz, Retired Judge Shulamit Dotan, and Israeli Public Representative explained their decision that there was a significant change in circumstances following the indictment against Netanyahu and the list of witnesses that number hundreds and thousands of investigative binders. "The committee gives great weight to this fact. Costs cannot be accurately estimated, but the rate is very high, according to prime ministers' representatives, at a cost of at least NIS 10 million.
The committee noted that its request is for funding only from Spencer, who has already signed a conflict of interest agreement approved by the court and granted a loan to Netanyahu for NIS 2 million.
The committee also wrote that "after examining the arguments of the prime minister's power, the committee believes that they can indicate a significant change in the circumstances that existed when the previous decisions were made and the current circumstances."
Remembering the composition of the previous committee, he rejected Prime Minister's request in June last year to allow him to receive funding for his legal expenses as a donation from his cousin Nathan Milikowski and his close friend Spencer Partridge.
Shortly after the announcement of the permit committee, the movement announced the quality of the ruling to petition the High Court against the decision. The chairman of the movement, Adv. Eliad Shraga, said: "After he was deceived by the Supreme Court and the permit committee, three times in a row he refused to hand over documents to the committee. If so, the Prime Minister receives a fourth chance from the same committee, whose rules set it up that its decision is final. "
"This is a dangerous intrusion of foreign and political elements into a quasi-judicial body, and further deterioration in the democratic characteristics of the State of Israel," he added.