Prosecutors to Protest Criticism of Conduct in Ramon Wiretapping Case

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss is expected this afternoon to release a highly critical report on police wiretapping, with particular attention to the case against former justice minister Haim Ramon, who was convicted of indecent assault for forcibly kissing a female soldier.

In an unprecedented move, the Tel Aviv district prosecutor, Ruth David, and the prosecutor in the Ramon case, Ariela Segal-Antler, are expected to petition the High Court of Justice over Lindenstrauss' findings. They say they were unjustly accused of improper conduct.

The contents of the Lindenstrauss report are embargoed until this afternoon, but sources at the State Comptroller's Office say David and Segal-Antler have taken a well-known position on the wiretapping carried out by the police under the auspices of the state prosecution. The sources said the comptroller's position is that police records related to the wiretapping should have been turned over to Ramon's defense counsel, but that the prosecution in the case did not do so.

Ramon has contended that the materials related to the wiretapping were maliciously and improperly withheld from his counsel by the police and the prosecution.

David told Lindenstrauss she had been "tripped up," explaining that she thought the police unintentionally withheld information from her.

"The Ramon file is especially painful because when the attorney general [at the time, Menachem Mazuz] decided to file an indictment there was a major media storm - with jurists saying that there is no criminal violation here and no one had ever been tried for a forcible kiss," she told him. "And in truth we've had at least 200 files involving forcible kissing that we have brought to court."

The attorneys for David and Segal-Antler had not responded for this article by press time.

Over the weekend the Justice Ministry said David would leave her post as Tel Aviv district prosecutor, as initially planned, at the end of her term. A ministry source said the district prosecutor's term had nothing to do with the comptroller's report.