Ramon Calls for Criminal Probe Into Wiretapping Case

A session of the State Control Committee on Wednesday became the site of a confrontation between former cabinet minster Haim Ramon and top law enforcement officials.

A session yesterday of the State Control Committee became the site of a bald confrontation between former cabinet minister Haim Ramon and top law enforcement figures. These included Police Commissioner David Cohen, Investigations and Intelligence Division head Yoav Segalovich and State Prosecutor Moshe Lador.

The meeting was called to discuss the report issued last month by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, who also attended, on law enforcement's use of wiretapping in general and in connection to Ramon's sexual misconduct trial. Ramon was convicted more than three years ago of kissing a female soldier against her will. He says the police concealed from his lawyers, with malicious intent, evidence gained from their electronic surveillance and that this hurt his defense. Lindenstrauss found "material negligence," but not malice, in the conduct of law enforcement in the case.

Ramon yesterday called on Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to order a criminal investigation to determine whether the actions of prosecutors and police officials constituted malice. He said that Tel Aviv District Prosecutor Ruth David, in an official statement to retired judge Shalom Brenner, who conducted a previous investigation of the case, described the prosecution's error as "egregious." David rebuffed Ramon's claim, saying, "I, unlike you, take responsibility for my errors." She later muttered, "The court didn't believe him. Did he forget that?"

Of the four officials against whom Lindenstrauss recommended disciplinary action, and who were asked to attend yesterday's meeting, only David and the head of the investigation team, Chief Superintendent Eran Kamin, complied. Police Brigadier General (ret. ) Miri Golan refused to report to the State Control Committee. Ariela Segal-Antler, the lead prosecutor in Ramon's trial, was abroad, according to committee chairman MK Yoel Hasson. Hasson said the committee will consider issuing summonses to Golan and Segal-Antler if they refuse to attend future sessions on the issue.

Lador, while admitting that "foul-ups can happen," expressed his satisfaction with the comptroller's report and "[the fact that] after three years of obsessive activity, the conspiracy theory was refuted and the report determined that no malice was involved."