(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Attorney Ariella Segal-Antler, who was accused by State Comptroller Micha
Lindenstrauss of substantial negligence in the wiretapping affair surrounding
former MK Haim Ramon, was appointed on Monday as the Tel Aviv district attorney
for criminal matters.
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Segal-Antler was chosen by a committee appointed by
the Civil Service Commission that included retired judges Yitzhak Ravivi and
Edna Bankenstein, State Attorney Moshe Lador and attorney Gadi Shilo, who
represented the national organization of state prosecutors.
committee heard Segal-Antler in the wake of the State Comptroller’s Report that
charged her with substantial negligence regarding the handling of evidence in
the Ramon affair, and after it considered the conclusions of Deputy State
Attorney Michael Blass, who was appointed to examine the practical implications
of the report and who determined that it did not prevent Segal-Antler from being
promoted, the committee decided that she was the most appropriate candidate at
this time to fill the position of Tel Aviv district attorney,” the Justice
Segal-Antler, 54, is married and has two children.
She began working for the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office in 1985 and was
given the rank of a senior department head in 2009. During her career, she
handled many criminal cases at all judicial levels and in all areas – serious
crimes, rape, murder and white collar crime.
She has also been in charge
of various legal forums, including one that has been studying alternatives to
She is also head of a national steering committee on
Segal-Antler will replace Ruth David-Blum, who was also one of
four law enforcement figures accused of substantial negligence in the
wiretapping affair by Lindenstrauss. The others were the police’s Dep.- Cmdr.
Eran Kamin and Dep.- Cmdr. (ret.) Miri Golan.
The affair erupted during
Ramon’s trial on charges that he had used force to kiss a female army officer at
the prime minister’s office in Tel Aviv in June 2006. Seeking to substantiate
suspicions that Ramon was trying to obstruct the investigation, the police took
advantage of the fact that they had a permit to wiretap the conversations of
then-prime minister Ehud Olmert’s bureau chief, Shula Zaken, who was being
investigated regarding another affair, to listen to Ramon’s conversations with
The tapes and transcripts of the conversations were not handed
over to Ramon’s lawyer, Dan Scheinemann, as had been required.
trial ended with Ramon’s conviction, two retired judges, Shalom Brenner and
Vardi Zeiler, investigated the incident. Brenner concluded that the four had not
deliberately withheld evidence but were guilty of “a great deal of
Justice minister Daniel Friedmann was dissatisfied with
Brenner’s conclusion and appointed Zeiler to conduct another investigation.
Zeiler’s findings were harsher and he recommended appointing a
government-appointed committee of investigation to examine the affair. Instead,
Lindenstrauss was asked to study the matter.
Lindenstrauss’ report was
also harsh. He wrote that the four were guilty of substantial negligence but had
not acted maliciously. The state comptroller found that Scheinemann had asked
Segal-Antler four times whether the prosecution had tapes and transcripts from
Ramon’s telephone conversations. Each time she said no. Only afterwards did she
find the material and hand it over to the defense attorney.
did not recommend what action should be taken against Segal-Antler and the
others. Instead, Lador appointed Blass to investigate the matter and
On October 19, Blass recommended that no disciplinary or
administrative measures be taken and that there was no reason to prevent
Segal-Antler from being given the district attorney’s job if the committee saw
fit to appoint her.