Justice Ministry hopes Korb can return to courtroom

By DAN IZENBERG, JPOST.COM STAFF
February 25, 2010 05:09
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Former prime minister Ehud Olmert talks to the pre

olmert at court 311 AJ. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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A day before the first day of testimony in the trial of former prime minister Ehud Olmert, sources in the Justice Ministry told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that Jerusalem District Attorney Eli Abarbanel had been scheduled to open the key portion of the trial even before his deputy, Uri Korb, was forced to take a leave of absence because of the allegedly malicious comments he made against the judiciary, including calling most of the judges “asses.”

The sources stressed that Abarbanel has been in charge of the Olmert file from the beginning and that he has 25 years of experience as a prosecutor, including six as district attorney.

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But they also made it clear that “in the long run,” they hoped that Korb would be able to return to the courtroom and represent the state in the case. They said the prosecution had described Korb’s importance in its request to Jerusalem District Court to postpone the trial by three months after Korb went on forced vacation, a request that was rejected by Jerusalem District Court President Moussia Arad.

“Attorney Korb has been involved in this case from the beginning,” Abarbanel wrote in the request to the court. “He is well-versed in the smallest details and is due to take a significant part in the state’s appearances in court. His absence at this point will cause harm to the prosecution and its ability to present its case in court.”

Korb’s future in the public service is to be determined by Civil Service Commissioner Shmuel Hollander.

Earlier this week, the head of the department of discipline in the commission, Assaf Rosenberg, grilled Korb on the comments he made about the judges during a post-graduate seminar he delivered to about 20 students at Shaarei Mishpat College in Hod Hasharon.

According to reports, Korb will appear before a disciplinary court. There are also reports that the attorney taught at the college for three years and did not ask for permission to do outside work.

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