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(photo credit: Reuters)
The State Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that it will not initiate
criminal proceedings against Uri Yoeli, an associate of former president Moshe
Katsav. Yoeli who was accused by the Tel Aviv District Court for acting on
Katsav’s behalf to intimidate and silence women he sexually
Katsav is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence after
being convicted on two counts of rape, two counts of sexual harassment,
obstructing justice, and committing an indecent act using
According to a Justice Ministry spokesman, during Katsav’s appeal
the Deputy Attorney- General for Criminal Matters, Yehoshua Lemberger, held a
meeting to discuss whether there was room for further investigation against
Yoeli is alleged to have prepared a memorandum of understanding to
ensure that “Aleph,” the main complainant in the Katsav affair, left her job at
the Tourism Ministry quietly; recorded a number of Aleph’s phone calls without
her knowledge; and edited the recorded calls to distort her words.
spokesman said that while the alleged memorandum of understanding could
constitute obstruction of justice and harassment of a witness – both considered
misdemeanors under the penal code – the statute of limitations applied,
therefore the offenses would not have been prosecutable when the criminal
investigation into Katsav opened in 2006.
The same statute of limitations
applies to the recordings of Aleph’s conversations, which allegedly occurred in
2000- 2001, at the start of Katsav’s tenure as president.
editing of the recordings could constitute obstruction of justice and
fabricating evidence, the Justice Ministry said, but added that the editing
presented evidentiary difficulties because both the time of the editing, and the
identities of those who allegedly carried it out, are
According to the ministry spokesman, Yoeli claims he gave the
uncut tapes to Katsav, who edited them with his associates; whereas Katsav says
he received the edited tapes from Yoeli.