A senior attorney at the State Prosecutor's Office said Thursday that she "doesn't understand how [former Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert was acquitted." Anat Savidor, speaking in an Eilat conference of the central district of the Israeli Bar Association, said that Olmert's conviction of breach of trust in the Investment Center case, must constitute moral turpitude.
Savidor, daughter of former Knesset Speaker, Menachem Savidor, who led the case against convicted businessman David Appel, expressed bewilderment at the fact that Olmert was acquitted of most charges, despite the court determining that he received huge sums of money.
"After reading the verdict summary," Savidor said, "I find it hard to understand how come $450,000 are unaccounted for, that the comptroller knows nothing about. How did that end with acquittal? Its unclear. I don't understand it. But we can't understand everything."
Savidor added that her father was well aware of procedures dealing with public funds, as far as his personal expenses were concerned. "My father knew exactly the source of every agora he accepted, which account he used for traveling abroad, or any other expense. What is this nonsense - people travel abroad without knowing the state of their accounts?... With all due respect, he should have been indicted. I didn't find any real criticism of the State Prosecutor's Office in the summary. On the contrary."
Savidor also expressed a fear that the outcome of the trial would deter the State Prosecutor's Office from indicting politicians.
An Olmert spokesperson reacted by saying that "it was a shame that officials in the State Prosecutor's Office, whose daily job it is to criticize others, cannot accept criticism, and instead of taking steps to correct their failures, continues to attack even when the criticism is voiced from the court. Unfortunately, the State Prosecutor's Office respects the courts only when they find the rulings favorable."
Former vice president of the Supreme Court, Eliyahu Matza criticized the conduct of State Prosecutor Moshe Lador, in the aftermath of the trial. "I expected Lador to conduct himself with modesty and restraint, not to tap himself so much on the shoulders," Matza told Knesset TV. "These were very confident utterances. A 750-page verdict was just published, and there he goes to the public saying, 'I wasn't wrong about anything.' That's not being modest," said Matza.
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