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  5/27/2013, Sivan 18, 5773

Weinstein: Don't be Tougher on Ministers, MKs


Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein told a Bar Association conference in Eilat, Monday, that he closed the principal case against former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman because there was no reasonable expectation of a conviction. He added that Lieberman is on trial now because he saw a reasonable expectation of conviction.

Weinstein said, "The evidentiary test for deciding to prosecute is the same for a public figure - as senior as he may be - and a common person. It's the chance of the reasonable chance of conviction. One cannot make it easier, just as one cannot make it harder, for a minister, member of Knesset, judge, local authority leader, or any other elected [official] or public servant.... The law is the same for them as it is for anyone else and the evidence against them must be examined by the ordinary rules of evidence to determine if there is enough evidence to prosecute."