Holyland case to be heard by a single judge, not a panel

January 17, 2012 15:07

The Tel Aviv District Court ruled on Tuesday that the Holyland corruption case will be heard by a single judge, and not by a panel of three judges as requested by the state. The court is expected to announce the judge who is to hear the case soon.

Tel Aviv District Court President Drora Berliner said that the Holyland case was "no different to many other cases dealt with across the court system by a single judge."

Last Thursday, the State Attorney's Office filed indictments in the Tel Aviv District Court against 13 people in connection with the Holyland real estate corruption affair.

The indictment charges that Holyland real estate developers paid tens of millions of shekels to public employees and elected officials to advance the projects, including by substantially shortening planning times, smoothing over planning objections, rezoning land, giving tax breaks and increasing the permitted amount of construction.

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