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  7/10/2012, Tammuz 20, 5772

Ariel: Ex-PM's Conviction a 'Black Stain on Israel'


Chairman Uri Ariel of the Knesset State Control Committee reacted to Tuesday morning's conviction of former prime minister Ehud Olmert's conviction on breach of trust charges by calling it, "a difficult day, a black stain on Israel and a serious crisis in the faith of the public in Israel's leadership and elected officials."

Referring to the lack of conviction in the Rishontours and Talansky cases, Ariel said, "At the same time, the acquittals are a day of atonement for prosecutors and indicate that the prosecution suffered serious faults, and there is no escape from establishing a real external and independent supervisory body for the prosecution to investigate and examine its conduct and form of decision-making."