Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the country’s parliament to grant him immunity from prosecution in several corruption cases.
Netanyahu was indicted in November on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. He has denied any wrongdoing.
He tried to downplay the request in a televised statement on New Year’s Day, calling for a “temporary” measure that would grant him immunity for only one term of parliament, according to the New York Times. Netanyahu claimed the potential immunity was meant to prevent “political indictments whose purpose is to distort the will of the people.”