A-G defends choice to close Liberman money-laundering case

May 27, 2013 12:02

Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Monday slammed critics of his decision in December to close the main money-laundering case against Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman.

Weinstein made his comments at an Israel Bar Association Conference in Eilat.

He said, "it seems to me, in all humility, that I can recognize an 'acquittal case' when I see one."

Noting that he spent most of his career as a leading defense lawyer, Weinstein pushed back hard against critics who said that he was too timid in only indicting Liberman for the Belarus Ambassador Affair.

In one recent public war of words, Avia Aleph, recently retired from her post as the state's head of the economic crimes department, attacked the decision to close the main Liberman case in an interview with Haaretz, stating that "Weinstein avoided making decisions" and dragged his feet in ways which negatively impacted the cases.

She also implied that Weinstein might not have even filed the indictment in the the Belarus Ambassador Affair had many senior prosecution officials not pushed "stubbornly." 

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