Government backs law banning probes of sitting premiers
The committee unanimously gives backing to the so-called 'Ehud Olmert Law', prohibiting police from investigating incumbent prime minister for crimes allegedly committed before taking office.
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation yesterday agreed to support legislation that would prohibit the police from investigating an incumbent prime minister for crimes allegedly committed before taking office.
The committee, one of whose members is Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, unanimously gave its backing to the so-called "Ehud Olmert Law," which was sponsored by Kadima MK Ronit Tirosh.
Should the bill become law, it will take effect after the next elections. The proposal does allow for exceptions, such as in the cases of suspected violent crimes like rape and murder.
Despite Neeman's support, Justice Ministry officials at the ministerial committee meeting yesterday expressed strong opposition to the legislation. The officials argued that current laws allow the attorney general necessary latitude in determining the criteria for prosecuting elected officials, and argued that the bill threatens to curtail the attorney general's independent status.
The move was also met with scorn by Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich.
"This decision gives politicians a green light to commit acts of corruption," she said.