Lador: I’m proud to be part of this system

State attorney rejects criticism, rejecting notion that acquittal in two of the affairs constitutes a failure.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
July 11, 2012 02:40
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State Attorney Moshe Lador [file]

lador court 370. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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A defiant Moshe Lador, the state attorney in the corruption case against Ehud Olmert, held a rare press conference on Tuesday evening to defend the state attorney’s role in the case, where Olmert was acquitted of the two largest charges against him.

Lador said that he would not resign from his position following the verdict.

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“The law requires us to file indictments where the evidence in our possession leads us to believe there will be a reasonable chance of conviction,” he added.

Lador stressed that until he had read the entire 743-page ruling, he could not pinpoint what he could have done differently.

He said part of the problem could have been how the state attorney’s team decided to divide the charges.

Still, Lador was confident that the decision to indict Olmert, a move that lead to the toppling of the government and early elections, was the correct move. He pointed out that the courts agreed that Olmert was guilty of breach of trust, a serious crime for a sitting prime minister.

“I am proud to be part of a system that had the courage to serve this indictment,” Lador said. He added that it would be “dangerous” to suggest that he pay a personal price for the partial conviction, and that the justice system would not work if a state attorney offered to quit every time he lost a case.

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