Bar-On slams state for concerns that Olmert may harass witness

Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On on Sunday dismissed the state's claim that New York Jewish businessman Morris Talansky, the central figure in the illicit funding allegations against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, was concerned that the prime minister would harass him after he gave his testimony. "I know [State Attorney] Moshe Lador and I have a very great professional appreciation for him. However, I hear that he is requesting to collect an early testimony from Talansky because he has read that he is worried Olmert will harass him," Bar-On told Army Radio. "We are speaking about the prime minister here, not a street criminal," exclaimed Bar-On.