high court panel citizenship law 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The High Court of Justice on Tuesday rejected a request by Tel Aviv District
Attorney Ruth David and attorney Ariella Segal-Antler, head of the prosecution
team in the Haim Ramon trial, for a gag order against a report published a day
earlier by the state comptroller, and reprimanded them for asking for
The report accused David and Segal-Antler, as well as two senior
police officials, of “substantial negligence” for having failed to hand over
transcripts of wiretapped conversations pertaining to the indictment against
Ramon on charges of forcibly kissing a female IDF officer in an incident on July
Ramon was convicted of the charge.
During the trial, his
lawyer, Dan Schliemann, was informed that the police had wiretapped
conversations by the female officer, her commanding officer, and Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert’s bureau chief, Shula Zaken, but failed to include them in the
evidence the state gave the defense to prepare for the trial.
ago, the cabinet ordered State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss to investigate
the affair and determine whether the withholding of the transcripts by the
police and the prosecution was deliberate.
The state comptroller
concluded that while there had been no malice in the oversight, the four
officials, including David and Segal- Antler, were personally responsible for
the failure. He recommended that Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein decide
whether punitive measures should be taken against the four officials.
response, David and Segal-Antler petitioned the High Court, demanding that
Lindenstrauss cancel the conclusions and recommendations regarding the
petitioners and that the report be republished without them.
Asked by the
court to clarify how this could be done, since the original report was already
available to the public, the petitioners asked the court for a gag order
preventing further distribution of it.
On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice
Neal Hendel rejected the request outright.
In other developments,
Weinstein issued a statement saying that he could not be the one to
whether punitive measures should be taken against David and Segal-
because as a private lawyer, before becoming attorney- general, he had
represented figures involved in the affair. He said that in the coming
would appoint someone to consider Lindenstrauss’s
Meanwhile, the Movement for Quality Government urged
Weinstein to take measures against David and Segal-Antler, as well as
police officials singled out by the state comptroller: retired Cmdr.
former head of the National Fraud Investigation Unit, and Dep. Cmdr.
Kamin, head of the police team that investigated the Ramon case.