A-G Mazuz to comptroller: Remove injunction protecting acct. general

October 18, 2007 19:09

State Attorney Menahem Mazuz called on State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, Thursday, to re-examine the injunction he issued last week to protect Finance Ministry Accountant General from being removed from office. Zelecha turned to Lindenstrauss for protection after he claimed Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On's decision to terminate his term was influenced by Zelecha's exposing alleged foul play by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the selling of Bank Leumi shares, when Olmert was serving as finance minister. Olmert has been grilled by police twice last week regarding the Bank Leumi tender. Mazuz asked Lindenstrauss to remove the injunction in light of the bad working relations between Zelecha and seniors in the Finance Ministry. In his letter to Lindenstrauss, Mazuz also quoted Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer, who said Zelecha's staying in his position was endangering Israel's economy. According to Mazuz, the animosity between Zelecha and other Finance Ministry employees was a "well known secret," and was detrimental for the ministry especially when it lasted over a long period of time.

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