New Justice Ministry czar to decide fate of classified report which could rock prosecution

New Justice Ministry czar to decide fate of classified report which could rock prosecution

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December 8, 2016 18:33
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A report under gag order written by the ex-justice ministry czar which accused the state prosecution of systematically tampering with the state's medical forensic experts' testimony and named and shamed individual prosecutors will see the light of day, but only after revisions by the new Justice Ministry czar David Rozen, the High Court of Justice ruled Thursday.

The ruling may mark the climax of a years long battle between ex-czar Hila Gerstl and the state prosecution over whether medical forensic experts were state witnesses in the sense of being able to be guided toward prosecutorial conclusions or neutral witnesses who prosecutors should avoid talking to.

Overall the ruling is a likely win for Gerstl as she and Rozen are both ex-judges perceived as having similar world-views, but the prosecutors held out some hope with a senior source noting the High Court said Rozen must give them a full hearing (which Gerstl did not do) and may listen to their arguments. 

Even if Rozen allows changes, the report is expected to rock the prosecution, including implicating top officials, once it is published, with the prosecutors hoping the public accepts that prosecutors should not be criticized in the past based on the new idea of relating to medical forensic experts more neutrally.


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