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Justice Min: Olmert verdict irrelevant to Holyland trial

July 11, 2012 19:37

The Justice Ministry made it clear on Wednesday evening that the prosecution's position on the Holyland case regarding former prime minister Ehud Olmert would not change despite criticisms after his dramatic exoneration on unrelated corruption charges.

A ministry spokesperson said the prosecution would not reconsider the Holyland indictment "except for updating it, as is conducted routinely in all cases".

"In contrast to erroneous reports, yesterday's verdict is irrelevant to the Holyland Affair," the ministry said.

The comments appeared slightly at odds with remarks made Wednesday morning by deputy attorney-general Raz Nizri, who told Army Radio Wednesday that the prosecution would "consider how to deal with the second indictment against [Olmert]", prompting speculation that the state attorney's office may change its position on the case.

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