Court asked to reject Olmert libel suit

The State Attorney’s Office submitted a request to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Thursday to reject out of hand a libel lawsuit filed by former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert against State Attorney Moshe Lador.
Olmert filed the lawsuit against Lador and Haaretz in January after Lador had made statements about Olmert in an interview to the local daily, which Olmert claimed harmed his reputation.
In the petition, the state argued that Lador was immune from lawsuits over his statements by the Libel Prohibition Law, which provides special exemptions for public officials who make statement in their line of duty.
The state also argued that Lador’s statements were not libelous, but based on undisputed facts and that Olmert should have agreed to respond to the statements when he was asked for a response by the newspaper.
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