Olmert's Attorneys Want All of the Evidence, Now

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's attorneys asked a court yesterday to instruct the state prosecution to give them all the case material they have in the "cash envelopes" affair, immediately after Olmert's questioning today.

The prime minister's lawyers had informed the Jerusalem District Court that they would need to schedule an additional session for the cross-examination of the main witness in the case, Morris Talansky, because they had not yet received all of the evidence.

Talansky's attorneys said in response that their client would be available to the court as necessary, and that if needed he would coordinate with the court a return visit to Israel. They said their client had nothing to hide and would testify without fear.

Olmert's attorneys said that Jerusalem District Attorney Eli Abarbanel told one of them, Roy Blecher, that they would not be receiving all of the investigatory materials even after the investigation was completed. Olmert's lawyers say that Abarbanel's statement contradicts the prosecution's promise to the district and supreme courts to provide the defense with Talansky's previous testimony before the cross-examination.

The prosecution vehemently refuses to provide Olmert's attorneys with statements from Talansky presented to U.S. authorities as well as the complete text of attorney Uri Messer's police statements, which the defense says is material to their cross-examination of Talansky.