Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in the Jerusalem District Court on Monday for the start of the evidentiary phase of his corruption trial, one year and four months after Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust against him.

In her opening statement Monday, the trial's chief prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari accused the prime minister of using his political power to receive favors in order to promote his personal affairs and ensure the continuation of his rule.

Netanyahu denies all the charges against him, accusing the left of a witch hunt to topple him from power.

KAN's Mark Weiss spoke about the trial with 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.