The Justice Ministry on Thursday overnight announced that it would not be cutting a plea bargain deal with Shula Zaken to turn state's witness against Ehud Olmert in the Holyland trial.

Following Zaken's testimony and providing new evidence to police on Wednesday, the Justice Ministry remarked that it had ceased negotiations with Zaken's lawyers.

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While the ministry did not fully explain the decision, the clear implication was that Zaken lacked documentary evidence to corroborate her new testimony a well as the late stage of the case.

Amir Dan, Olmert's spokesman, immediately responded slamming Zaken and the state as having conducted a sideshow to improperly influence the court's verdict in the case - due to be handed down on March 31.

He added that the end to talks between the state and Zaken exposed the true intentions of the talks and proved once again that there was no real evidence against the former prime minister.

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