Former prime minister Ehud Olmert in the Talansky retrial, March 30, 201.
(photo credit: MOR SHAULI)
Absent of any sudden unforeseen developments, the prosecution’s indictment against former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s Diaspora affairs adviser Rachael Risby Raz will be withdrawn by December 31, replaced by disciplinary proceedings.
The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday approved a deal between Risby Raz and the prosecution that her indictment be suspended pending disciplinary proceedings and that it be withdrawn by December 31 if the sides do not notify the court of any change.
Risby Raz was the first figure connected to Olmert who was indicted in 2009 and was the main witness in the Rishon Tours affair in which the prime minister was accused of double-booking trips abroad and using money from trips that were paid twice to finance flights of family members.
Her case over her involvement in the bookings was held up until Olmert’s years of legal battles were resolved and then negotiations over the case drew the proceedings out even longer – though Tuesday’s decision is expected to be the last court proceeding.