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  9/10/2012, Elul 23, 5772

Holyland State Witness: I Lied


The state witness in the Holyland corruption case, known only as Shin Dalet, admitted under cross-examination, Monday, in the Tel Aviv District Court, that the draft of the complaint against developer Hillel Cherney is partially false. He admitted, among other things, that he lied regarding part of the bribes attributed to former prime minister Ehud Olmert. Shin Dalet said, on the witness stand, that he used check stubs that he gave to his lover to forge hundreds of thousands of shekels worth of checks he gave to the apparent receivers of the payoffs. Despite this, he stood behind testimony to police and the court that Olmert received about 1.5 million shekels in bribes.

Attorney Gioa Aderet, representing Cherney, asked how Shin Dalet could incriminate innocent people of corruption and make up stories about senior police officers who received hundreds of thousands of dollars. He accused the witness of doing it for money.