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  9/24/2012, Tishrei 8, 5773

Assessment: Prosecutor Appeal Possible in Olmert's Case


The assessment in legal circles is that Monday's decision by the Jerusalem District Court to put former prime minister Ehud Olmert on probation will leave prosecutors no option but to appeal the sentence in Olmert's conviction on breach of trust charges in the Investment Center case. Former Jerusalem District Attorney Eli Abarbanel, who prosecuted Olmert said he would decide after a serious study of the ruling.

Speaking to reporters as he left the courtroom, Abarbanel said he did not take issue with the court's not sentencing Olmert to prison time despite declaring the severity of the case. He said there was a question of balance, adding that he thought equality under the law meant not imposing punishment, including community service, but the court decided otherwise and prosecutors respected the decision.