Olmert's lawyer: Case will be 'an embarrassment to prosecutors'

A day after Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz filed an indictment against former prime minister Ehud Olmert in three corruption-related affairs, the ex-premier's lawyer, Navot Tel-Tzur, predicted that the case would be "an embarrassment to prosecutors." Speaking to Israel Radio on Monday morning, Tel-Tzur said the defense team was "somewhat relieved" to get a chance to refute the charges in a court of law, an opportunity it would not have been afforded in a hearing before Mazuz, since Olmert's aide, Rachel Raz-Risbi, had already been indicted in the Rishon Tours affair. Tel-Tzur dismissed the fraud charges against the former prime minister, saying that "there are no victims of fraud, nor proofs of fraud." Concerning US financial backer Moshe Talansky, Tel-Tzur noted that in his pre-trial testimony, "he was nearly declared a hostile witness."