Rishontours: Rizby-Raz says she has no chance of fair trial

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 14, 2010 14:19

Rachel Rizby-Raz broke down in tears at what she considered injustice in the Israeli court system while giving testimony in the Rishontours corruption trial against former prime minister Ehud Olmert and his bureau chief Shula Zaken at the Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday. Rizby-Raz, Olmert's former foreign relations coordinator, was giving testimony on the details of an alleged scam in which money provided by charities for the former prime minister's flights abroad was not being used for its intended purpose.

Rizby-Raz accused a prosecutor's aide of leaking a document to the media. Prosecutor Uri Korb denied the allegation.

"How do you know it didn't happen? You weren't there," responded Rizby Raz. "That helps prove my statement that I have no chance of getting a fair trial. Something stinks in this trial...I see that there is no justice or logic in this trial."

After being told by the court president that she was speaking in an improper manner, Rizby-Raz began to cry and the court took a recess of several minutes.

The witness later apologized saying that she was disappointed in the justice system.


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