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