State won't open criminal case against Katsav crony

February 16, 2012 18:37

The State Attorney's Office announced Thursday that it will not initiate criminal proceedings against Uri Yoeli, the associate of former President Moshe Katsav criticized by the Tel Aviv District Court for acting on his behalf to intimidate and silence women he sexually harassed.

Katsav is currently serving a seven year prison sentence after being convicted on two counts of rape, two counts of sexual harassment, obstructing justice and committing an indecent act using force.

According to a Justice Ministry spokesman, during Katsav's appeal the deputy attorney-general for criminal matters, Yehoshua Lemberger, held a meeting to discuss whether there was room for further investigation against Yoeli.

Yoeli is alleged to have prepared a memorandum of understanding to ensure that Aleph from the Tourism Ministry, the main complainant in the Katsav affair, left her job quietly. He is also alleged to have recorded a number of Aleph's phone calls without her knowledge and edited them to present a distorted picture of her words.

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