Lador apologizes to Olmert, ending defamation suit

In letter filed to TA court, state attorney says he never intended to harm Olmert in a 2011 'Ha'aretz' interview.

July 4, 2012 15:28
1 minute read.
Ehud Olmert arrives at J'lem court for trial

Olmert arriving at trial 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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 uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • 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

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

State Attorney Moshe Lador submitted to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court an apology to former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday, thereby ending a defamation suit the later filed over a 2011 newspaper interview.

Following an April 2012 court order to take the dispute to arbitration, Lador apologized and clarified that he never intended to harm Olmert in the Haaretz interview.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

In the interview, Lador described a $75,000 loan Olmert had allegedly received from American businessman Josef Elmaliach in 1993 as “extraordinarily scandalous,” and claimed that Olmert had yet to return the money.

After Olmert filed his defamation suit, the state argued that the Lador had immunity from prosecution because he gave the Haaretz interview in his capacity as state attorney.

When the magistrate’s court rejected Lador’s argument, the state attorney appealed the decision in the Tel Aviv District Court.

In January, however, District Court Judge Eitan Orenstein upheld the magistrate’s court ruling, saying that Lador could not be granted immunity from prosecution simply on the grounds that he is a public servant.

Orenstein took issue with the fact that the immunity request claims Lador had not acted maliciously when giving the interview, and said that Deputy Attorney-General Sarit Dana, who made the request, had never actually spoken to Lador about what his “emotional state” had been when he gave the interview.

The judge questioned how the court could determine whether Lador had “malicious intent” when he gave the interview.

Joanna Paraszczuk contributed to this report.

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night