Lawyers defending former prime minister Ehud Olmert stressed Tuesday that though found guilty of minor charges in the Investment Center affair, Olmert was acquitted of the central charges against him.
"There were technical improprieties," said Navit Negev, Olmert's defense attorney in the Rishon Tours affair. "But the improprieties were nothing like the charges laid out in the indictment of former prime minister Ehud Olmert."
The sentiment was echoed by lawyers defending Olmert in the two other major affairs - the Talansky and Investment Center affairs.
All three lawyers slammed the state prosecution for forcing a sitting prime minister to leave office over "aesthetic" charges. "No man is above the law," said defense attorney Navot Tal Tzur, "but no man is below the law either."