Netanyahu indictment ‘heavy-hearted’

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s attorney general says the indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a “heavy-hearted decision” based solely on professional considerations.

Addressing reporters Thursday, Avichai Mandelblit rejected suggestions that the indictment was politically motivated.

He angrily criticized pressure campaigns by Netanyahu’s supporters and foes to sway his decision, which came after months of deliberations.

Netanyahu has called the corruption charges a witch hunt and repeatedly lashed out at police and prosecutors throughout the investigation.