Former Tel Aviv Prosecutor Arrested as Net in Bribery Affair Widens

Ruth David is suspected of coordinating testimonies for Ronel Fisher, a lawyer suspected of bribing police.

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Attorney Ruth David in court in Jerusalem, May 6, 2015.
Attorney Ruth David in court in Jerusalem, May 6, 2015. Credit: Emil Salman
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Ruth David, a former Tel Aviv prosector, has been arrested on suspicion of obstructing justice and committing ethics violations in the case of Ronel Fisher, a lawyer suspected of bribing police officers.

David, who became a partner in Fisher’s law firm after leaving the prosecutor’s office, was arrested Tuesday and is being questioned. She is suspected of coordinating testimonies and serving as Fisher’s messenger after he could no longer speak with people involved in his case.

Fisher is suspected of bribing police officers — asking clients under investigation for money to be paid to the officers, who in exchange would provide information on the clients’ cases.

The allegations against Fisher became public when he was arrested in July on suspicion of asking former Ashdod Port union chief Alon Hassan for money to pay off police officials. Hasson is the subject of a series of criminal investigations.

The Justice Ministry unit investigating police officers suspects that David was present at meetings when Fisher offered clients police information. It also suspects that she took some of the money that allegedly changed hands.

The unit is also investigating suspicions that David committed violations when she was working for the prosecution. As a prosecutor, David was involved in several high-profile cases over the past decade, including the prosecution of former Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson for fraud and former Justice Minister Haim Ramon for indecent assault.

David’s arrest came a day after former Maariv publisher and editor Ofer Nimrodi was arrested on suspicion of giving Fisher money in exchange for information on police investigations against him. Fisher has been a close associate of Nimrodi’s since the early 1990s.

Police are also questioning three more attorneys, as well as a former senior Health Ministry official, on suspicion the official wrote a false prescription for Supt. Eran Malka of the Lahav 443 investigations unit, one of the police officers suspected of bribery and obstructing justice.

The prescription made it look as if Malka suffered from an emotional problem; the same official also issued a medical opinion stating that Malka could not be questioned for more than four hours a day.

Malka reportedly might turn state’s witness in the case. The police investigations unit is evaluating whether Malka will be able to provide information about other senior officials in return for a plea bargain.

The latest round of arrests was based on information provided by a state’s witness who had worked in Fisher’s law office.

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