Olmert slams Holyland indictment as 'fairytale'

January 5, 2012 13:44


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Former prime minister Ehud Olmert spoke out on Thursday shortly after his indictment, alongside 17 others, for bribery in connection with the Holyland scandal.

"Serving the indictment at this time, while Olmert is already standing trial, runs contrary to the ethics of basic decency and is a scandal in itself," said Amir Dan, the former prime minister's media adviser. "In our view, this is an improper attempt to influence the court at a time when it it faced with making decisions about Olmert's case."

Olmert is currently standing trial in the Jerusalem District Court on several corruption charges, which he has denied. That trial is currently in the summing-up phase.

Dan said the Holyland indictment was filed without the State Attorney's Office allowing Olmert the right to a hearing, and "despite the prosecution's clear knowledge that the 'Holyland' case regarding Olmert is baseless."

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