Olmert slams aide's indictment, waives right to hearing on Rishon Tours

July 16, 2009 20:44


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Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sent a harshly-worded letter to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Thursday, in which he slammed a decision by state prosecutors to indict his external affairs assistant Rachel Rizy-Raz in the Rishon Tours affair. Olmert also waived his right to a hearing with prosecutors next month, which is designed to give him the opportunity to try and convince prosecutors not to indict him, saying it was clear that the procedure would be pointless in light of Rizby-Raz's indictment. The letter, sent by Olmert's attorney, Eli Zohar, and spokesman, Amir Dan, accused state prosecutors of "violating the correct rules of conduct," and of crudely "failing to observe Olmert's right to a legal hearing," adding, "Under these circumstances… we won't appear for a hearing over the Rishon Tours matter."

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