Gilad Schalit 311.
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The defense lawyer for Ronen Bar-Shira, the man accused of stealing hundreds of
thousands of shekels of donations, including money from the Free Gilad Schalit
campaign, told the Tel Aviv District Court on Wednesday that his client was just
an innocent dupe in a larger scam.
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On these grounds, Bar Shira’s lawyer,
David Ventura, asked the court to drop the charges against
Ventura said the Schalit campaign figure responsible for
fundraising was Yoel Marshak, and reiterated a previous claim that Bar-Shira had
been used as a fall guy because of a previous fraud conviction.
on Wednesday, Ventura said the “relevant person” was Marshak, and accused others
connected with the Schalit campaign of being “opportunists” who “used public
funds and donations however they pleased.”
Bar-Shira was indicted on a
long list of fraud charges, including pocketing money given by donors to sponsor
a protest flotilla, which was scheduled to sail last September but was later
canceled at the request of the Schalit family.
Also accused alongside Bar
Shira are three others, Aryeh Polasky, Shlomo Mor and Mordechai
Ventura accused Marshak of trying to obstruct the trial by
visiting Bar-Shira in prison recently.
The prosecution confirmed
Marshak’s visit to the prison but emphasized there was a difference between
Marshak’s version and Bar-Shira’s with respect to the visit.
Oded Mudrik told Ventura he would not hear a “lawsuit within a
The prosecution also slammed Ventura’s claims that Marshak was
also responsible, and said the defense had referred only to the first charge
against Bar- Shira, whereas there were 15 other serious charges against
The prosecution said Marshak had not known Bar- Shira was depositing
funds in his private bank account, which went against the Schalit campaign’s
“Marshak did not take money into his own pockets and he
didn’t issue forged receipts,” the prosecution said.
Mudrik ruled he
could not rule on the defense’s argument that the indictment against Bar-Shira
should be canceled, at least until the court had heard Marshak’s
The judge recommended to the prosecution that it make Marshak
the first witness in the case.