Olmert arriving at trial 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert spoke out on Thursday shortly after his indictment, alongside 17 others, for bribery in connection with the Holyland scandal.
"Serving the indictment at this time, while Olmert is already standing trial, runs contrary to the ethics of basic decency and is a scandal in itself," said Amir Dan, the former prime minister's media adviser. "In our view, this is an improper attempt to influence the court at a time when it it faced with making decisions about Olmert's case."
Olmert is currently standing trial in the Jerusalem District Court on
several corruption charges, which he has denied. That trial is currently
in the summing-up phase.
Dan said the Holyland indictment was filed without the State Attorney's
Office allowing Olmert the right to a hearing, and "despite the
prosecution's clear knowledge that the 'Holyland' case regarding Olmert
"The indictment is based on fairy tale Arabian Nights stories dreamed up
by the state witness," Dan said, referring to the prosecution's main
witness whose identity is subject to a gag order. "That man did not
hesitate to conceal from the police and from the prosecution the fact
that he tried to blackmail various people, who later became suspects."
Dan also denounce the prosecution for refusing to reveal the terms of
the agreement signed with the state witness, which he said was done "in
the dark, away from public view".