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Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial on corruption charges is ongoing in Jerusalem



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In the most serious case, Netanyahu was accused of advancing the benefits of an arrangement worth more than 1 billion shekels (more than $ 283 million) to support a telecommunications company controlled by a billionaire friend, prosecutors said. In exchange, Netanyahu received favorable coverage from news sites, even affecting word order and story selection, prosecutors said.

The Sunday process is finished in less than an hour, because it is mostly procedural.

“I read the charges and I understand the contents,” Netanyahu told the court.

He has not pleaded, but he has repeatedly pleaded not guilty.

Before taking place in the courtroom, he made a statement with a senior member of his Likud Party standing behind him.

He described his charges as “sewing” – an attempt by Israeli media and liberal elites to overthrow him and block his right wing.

The media is only looking to film him sitting on the bench, Netanyahu said, adding that he would ask the court to send the entire trial directly.

“I am here as your Prime Minister, with my back straight and proud,” he told those watching at home. “When society is open to the whole truth, the cases will be destroyed.”

Participants in the small district courtroom wore masks, even while talking. When the three judges entered, Netanyahu remained standing. He sat down only after the cameraman was taken out of the room, according to an earlier agreement on court procedures.

In a discussion about the schedule, defense lawyer Micha Fetman said he was new to the team and needed time to read all the material, according to prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari Shweky which would take about three months.

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Fetman called on all defendants – Netanyahu, along with two businessmen and one of the businessman’s wives – to be released from attending each court session, procedural hearings in particular, and prosecutors not to oppose the move.

The trial was postponed until July 19, although it could take months before the prosecution opened.

Under Israeli law, Netanyahu does not have to resign on charges. In exchange, he must resign only if he is found guilty and that the sentence is upheld through an appeal process.

In a tweet sent when the trial ended, Netanyahu’s main ally, Benny Gantz, wrote that Netanyahu was innocent until proven guilty and expressed confidence that the legal system would provide the Prime Minister with a fair trial.

Gantz, Israel’s new successor prime minister, has previously campaigned in three elections on the grounds that he never sat in the same government as the accused prime minister.

“I want to emphasize again that my colleague and I fully trust our legal system and law enforcement agencies. Now, perhaps more than ever, we must move towards unity and conciliation, as a state and as a society, for the State of Israel and all its citizens, “Gantz tweeted on Sunday.

Oren Liebermann and Eliott C. McLaughlin from CNN contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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