Olmert's Attorney: Lessons Must be Learned

Eli Zohar, Olmert's attorney: The verdicts show that lessons need to be learned on how to handle charging political officials.

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Olmert with attorney Eli Zohar
Olmert with attorney Eli Zohar
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Arutz Sheva heard on Tuesday from former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s attorney, Eli Zohar.

Zohar spoke to reporters shorlty after the Jerusalem District Court found Olmert guilty on charges of breach of trust but acquitted him on more serious indictments of double-billing and receiving cash from American-Jewish businessman Moshe Talansky.

Zohar said that the significance of the verdict is in the fact that “someone will have to learn the lesson how to treat such incidents, like charging a Prime Minister, a minister or a President, next time.”

Olmert “was almost totally acquitted of all the charges of which he was charged, except for one which is insignificant to his future as a possible political candidate,” claimed Zohar. “According to the law, he can go back to politics.”

He said that the breach of trust charge, for which Olmert was found guilty “is an ethical offense.”

In the 700-page ruling, Olmert was found not guilty of illegally accepting more than $150,000 in cash from Talansky and of “double-billing” from Rishon Tours. He had been accused of using the duplicate invoices on travel and pocketing the money after the government paid both bills.

The former prime minister still faces trial on alleged bribery in issuing building permits for the Holyland apartment complex when he was mayor of Jerusalem.