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Retired Justice Eliyahu Winograd Photo: Tomeriko
Retired Justice Eliyahu Winograd Photo: Tomeriko

Winograd Commission hires private lawyer

Committee probing failures of Second Lebanon War hires Attorney Zvi Agmon as its representative at High Court hearing instead of attorney general

Aviram Zino
Published: 08.13.07, 10:44 / Israel News

The government-appointed Winograd Commission tasked with investigating the Second Lebanon War has hired a private lawyer to represent it at a High Court hearing.


Chief Military Defense Council Colonel Orna David filed a petition with the High Court, demanding that it order the Winograd Commission to send out warning letters should its report include personal recommendations for any of those involved.


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Former Defense Minister Amir Peretz has also asked to reappear before the committee and to question witnesses. Officials at the Prime Minister's Office are also considering using the High Court weapon against the committee.


The commission said it did not ask Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to represent it in court because it would be inappropriate for Mazuz to defend it in a petition filed by senior IDF officers and defense officials, and perhaps also ministers.


The Winograd Commission has already made it clear that it would allow those who may be hurt by its report to present their claims again, but did not commit to allowing another round of testimonies before the final report is released.


The publication of the final report has been delayed until after the Jewish High Holidays, and if such a round of testimonies takes place, it make be delayed even longer.


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