The Tel Aviv District Court rejected, Monday, a petition by prosecutors for a break in the Holyland corruption trial, following Friday's death of state's witness Shin Dalet. Shin Dalet's testimony and cross examination were expected to take some time, and both the prosecution and the defense wanted the break in order to prepare for the witnesses to be called when Shin Dalet's time on the witness stand was over. Both sides said it would be difficult to prepare, but Judge David Rosen said witnesses from the prosecution's list should start testifying on Tuesday.
A decision is pending on a petition, filed on Sunday, to release Shin Dalet's full name in the wake of his death. The petitioner rejected the claim that the ban on publicizing the full name is necessary to protect Shin Dalet's family during the Shiv'ah (first seven days of mourning following the funeral).