Netanyahu pulls request for immunity from corruption charges

The Knesset was set to convene Tuesday to discuss the formation of a committee to debate the prime minister’s request for immunity from prosecution. (File/AFP)
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Updated 28 January 2020

Netanyahu pulls request for immunity from corruption charges

  • Netanyahu is visiting Washington ahead of the launch of Trump’s peace plan
  • He was indicted on counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery in November in three separate cases

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has withdrawn his request for immunity from prosecution hours before Knesset proceedings were set to begin.
In a statement issued on his official Facebook page, Netanyahu, who is visiting Washington ahead of the launch of Trump’s peace plan, said he “decided not to let this dirty game continue.”
The Knesset was set to convene Tuesday to discuss the formation of a committee to debate the prime minister’s request for immunity from prosecution. Netanyahu was indicted on counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery in November in three separate cases. He has denied any wrongdoing.


Snakes or animal organs? BBQ pictures cause an online storm in coronavirus-affected Egypt

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Snakes or animal organs? BBQ pictures cause an online storm in coronavirus-affected Egypt

  • Panicking neighbors at a Cairo residential compound alleged that their Chinese neighbors were grilling snakes in their garden

CAIRO: A barbecue party hosted by a group of Chinese expatriates in Cairo has sent shockwaves across Egypt after pictures of the event appeared to show snakes were the main course. 

Panicking neighbors at a New Cairo residential compound reported that their Chinese neighbors were grilling snakes in their garden, prompting police to storm their place of residence.  

The concerned onlookers saw a large quantity of long slender bodies lying on tables under the sun.

They alleged that the Chinese expats were barbecuing snakes. 

Pictures that went viral on social media showed a massive amount of food being prepared for the grilling party at the villa of a Chinese woman, despite officials instructing people to social distance to limit the spread of coronavirus, even inside compounds.  

Egyptian prosecutors ordered five Chinese nationals be detained for 24 hours over the incident, according to Al-Ahram.

But it turned out that they were cooking meals of animals' genitals, not grilled snakes, a veterinary official has clarified in TV comments.

Sayed Obaid, director of Cairo’s Veterinary Medicine, said a team of specialists was formed to examine whether the seized food was harmful, as snakes are not normally eaten in Egypt.

The villa was disinfected in coordination with security authorities and police confiscated a number of the food from the woman’s home.