Prime Minister  Binyamin Netanyahu's pre-trial hearing on 3 separate corruption cases got underway on Wednesday in Jerusalem.

In the course of the hearing,  Netanyahu’s lawyers will try to persuade the Attorney General to drop some, if not all the charges he currently faces—three counts of fraud, three counts of breach of trust and one count of bribery.

 Netanyahu denies all the charges, saying he is the victim of a left-wing and media witch hunt designed to topple him from power.

KAN's Mark Weiss asked Professor Oded Mudrik from Ariel University, a retired Vice President of the Tel Aviv District court and formerly a member of the Netanyahu defense team, about the significance of the pre-trial stage in the judicial process.