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  10/26/2012, Cheshvan 10, 5773

Holyland Judge: Proceed Without Hospitalized Witness


Judge David Rosen of the Tel Aviv District Court advised prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Holyland corruption case, Thursday, to be prepared to continue without the state's witness, identified only by the initials Shin Dalet, who has been hospitalized since telling the court he didn't always tell the truth. The judge stopped the hearing to allow defense attorneys to file an appeal with the Supreme Court of his insistence that the court hear other witnesses before finishing Shin Dalet's testimony.

A number of attorney's attacked the judge's decision and refused to cross-examine the witnesses, saying they could not properly do so at the pace the prosecution was bringing them. At one point, attorney Ro'i Blecher, who represents former prime minister Ehud Olmert, left the courtroom. Before he finally stopped the hearing, Judge Rosen refused a defense request, supported by prosecutors, to postpone the trial until Sunday to allow the defense attorneys to weigh their options.