Avigdor Lieberman pled not guilty to fraud and breach of trust charges Sunday, as his trial opened in Jerusalem.
Lieberman, Israel's former foreign minister, stepped down from his post in December, when the charges were first filed against him. They involve his role in the promotion of Israeli ambassador in Belarus Zeev Ben Aryeh to a post in Latvia, according to BBC News.
Ben Aryeh reportedly supplied Lieberman with information about an investigation into the Belarusian foreign minister in exchange for his help, Ha'aretz reported.
Initial proceedings for the trial have been set for April.
During the trial, Lieberman can continue his role as a Knesset member, but he is barred from sitting in the cabinet.
The outspoken politician known for his hardline stances is still the head of the nationalist Yisrael Beitenu, which narrowly won the recent elections on a joint ticket with Netanyahu's Likud, the Associated Press reported.
Should Lieberman be found to possess "moral turpitude" and be given a prison sentence of over three months, he would be banned from serving as a minister for seven years, Agence France Presse reported.
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