Daily Israel Report
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News Brief

  7/15/2007, Tammuz 29, 5767

Court Dismisses' Ramon's Claim Evidence Was Hidden


Retired Judge Shalom Brenner has dismissed Deputy Prime Minister Chaim Ramon's allegation that the police and prosecution purposely hid evidence from wiretaps carried out as part of the investigation against Ramon.

Brenner confirmed a long list of problems in the way the evidence was handled and determined that "there were indeed mishaps and failures in the way the police and prosecution handled the wiretap output," but determined that these reflected negligence and were not done on purpose. Ramon's lawyers claimed that the evidence was withheld for a long time, thus hurting his defense.

According to leaks from the investigation, a police wiretap of the complainant's home phone recorded her saying that Police investigator Miri Golan encouraged her to press charges against Ramon, citing Ramon's "chutzpah" in going against Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish's wishes with regard to the appointment of Supreme Court judges.