Prosecutors oppose retrial for lawyer who defrauded Holocaust survivors

Prosecutors on Monday opposed a retrial appeal filed by attorney Yisrael Perry, convicted in 2007 of stealing the equivalent of 800 million shekels from thousands of Holocaust survivors in an elaborate scheme. In a response to the Supreme Court, the prosecutors wrote that Perry's lawyers were trying to instill drama into events which they say warrant another hearing. The defense has claimed that the court ignored a witness's testimony. Perry was sentenced by the Tel Aviv District Court to 12 years in prison for stealing the money, most of which came from insurance premiums paid by his clients to insurance companies under his control.