Zaken lied, lawyers for Olmert say in closing arguments of Talansky retrial

January 22, 2015 10:31

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s lawyers on Thursday presented their closing statement in the Talansky retrial, telling the court that Shula Zaken had lied repeatedly and that it was not allowed to penalize him for deciding not to testify.

Olmert’s lawyer, Eyal Rozovsky, who joined his prior lawyer Eli Zohar for the retrial, attacked the heart of the prosecution’s case until this point.

Throughout the retrial, which opened in September after a dramatic Supreme Court decision to send the case back for a second round, the state told the court that one of the lead reasons to convict Olmert was he refused to testify and rebut Zaken, his former top aide, and her recordings of him.

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