Holyland still on hold 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office submitted a request to the district
court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing to hear testimony from the main state
witness in the Holyland real-estate project affair.
attorney’s office said that it was requesting the hearing because of concerns
over the witness’s health.
“Considering the scope and magnitude of the
witness’s testimony... and considering the witness’s medical limitations and the
need to limit the witness’s testimony to a number of hours per day, it is clear
that a preliminary hearing is necessary in the the immediate future to ensure
that both prosecution and defense have a chance at cross-examination while the
witness remains medically fit to do so,” the request stated.
is known only as “S.D.” due to a gag order protecting the witness’s name
identity at least until trial.
S.D. has provided testimony that directly
led to the Holyland investigation and to indictments against three companies and
13 people, among them former prime minister Ehud Olmert. The Holyland affair has
been deemed one of the largest corruption scandals in the state’s
According to the indictment, Holyland real-estate developers
paid tens of millions of shekels to public employees and elected officials to
advance the project in southern Jerusalem, including by substantially shortening
planning times, smoothing over planning objections, re-zoning land and providing
tax breaks.Joanna Paraszczuk contributed to this report.