Ramon not expected to get jail time

Former justice minister to receive parole and fine for committing indecent act.

February 1, 2007 09:09
1 minute read.
Ramon not expected to get jail time

ramon in court pensive. (photo credit: Channel 10)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The State Prosecution will not ask that former justice minister Haim Ramon be jailed following Wednesday's conviction of committing an indecent act against a female soldier who worked for him at the Prime Minister's Office, it was reported on Thursday. Instead, Ramon will receive parole and a fine. Ramon said Wednesday that he planned to appeal the verdict handed down unanimously by three Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court judges. More on the Ramon verdict:

  • H': I can't look at Ramon sexually
  • Analysis: Ruling with eye fixed on defeating appeal
  • Olmert to press on with cabinet reshuffle
  • Women's groups welcome Ramon conviction The former justice minister was accused last summer of forcibly kissing "Heh", the 21-year-old soldier, after the girl asked to have her picture taken with him, and inserting his tongue in her mouth without her consent. The case was widely billed as a conspiracy to oust Ramon from his position. Ramon claimed that Heh had flirted with him before she asked him to take a picture with her, and that she had hugged him suggestively for the photo. He also maintained that he had not kissed her after the photos were taken, but had gone back to the office of the prime minister's chief-of-staff, Yoram Turbovich. He said she had followed him into the room and bent over close to his face, and only then did he kiss her. Ramon said he had not forced her to kiss him. However, the judges declared that Ramon's version of the story was "illogical and unreasonable," and that there was "no doubt regarding the credibility of the witness." Interior Minister Roni Bar-On (Kadima) is expected to replace Ramon as justice minister. He would take over from Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who was appointed to the position temporarily until the proceedings against Ramon were finished. Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.

    Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

  • Related Content

    Jisr az-Zarq
    April 3, 2014
    Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town