Olmert Corruption Trial Put on Recess After Witness Cries on Stand

Ehud Olmert's former travel planner Rachael Risby-Raz breaks down crying on the witness stand; accuses prosecution of leaking documents to the media.

Proceedings at the corruption trial of former prime minister Ehud Olmert were temporarily halted on Tuesday after Olmert's travel planner, Rachael Risby-Raz, broke down crying on the witness stand.

The ongoing trial centers on allegations that Olmert double-billed various nonprofit agencies for the same flights abroad and used the surplus to fund private trips for himself and his family.

During the course of her testimony on Tuesday, Risby-Raz attacked the prosecutor Uri Corb for the distribution of documents to the media.

Rachael Risby-Raz Sept. 8, 2010 Tomer Appelbaum
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"If this is how things work, I don't have a chance for a fair trial," she said. "I see that there is not much justice and reason in this trial."

Corb said that the prosecution had not leaked documents to journalists, a statement that Risby-Raz dismissed.

"Something stinks here in this whole trial," she said.

On Tuesday morning, Olmert's lawyer Eli Zahar send a letter to deputy attorney general Rachel Gottlieb demanding that she expedite the examination of defense claims of obstruction of justice on the part of the prosecution for giving a briefing document to witness Hadar Saltzman.

On Monday, Risby-Raz testified that she received the guidelines for Olmert's trips abroad from Olmert himself or Olmert's aide Shula Zaken.