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Shula Zaken: I will be acquitted, so will Olmert
'I believe the truth will come out and justice will prevail in the courthouse' said Shula Zaken, Ehud Olmert's former bureau chief who is accused of involvement in the tax authority corruption scandal
"I am a woman of faith - I believe in the judicial system alone. I believe the truth will come out and justice will prevail in the courthouse," said Shula Zaken, Ehud Olmert's former bureau chief, on Wednesday before being given her verdict for alleged involvement in the tax authority corruption scandal.

 

Two indictments were filed back in July against eight defendants in the tax authority corruption scandal, one of which is against Zaken, who is accused of breach of trust.

 

The other indictment was filed against "Jacky Matza and others" who are accused of bribery offences.

According to the indictment, businessmen Yoram Karshi and Kobi Ben Gur allegedly bribed Tax Authority officials, including Jacky Matza, who was head of the authority at the time.

 

In return, the officials supposedly granted them personal benefits, for which they are accused of taking bribe. Zaken is accused of brokering the acts.

 

Zaken, who was asked if she feels like a scapegoat, said "The fact I am being tried in the Magistrates' Court and the others are in a different court points to the answer", suggesting the accusations against her are not as severe those of the other defendants.

 

On November 24, Zaken will issue her response to the indictment. Upon leaving the courthouse, Zaken's defense attorney Micha Fetman said "we are here to convey a simple message. We fully believe the court will do justice, and want this justice to come out as soon as possible.

 

"We have no intention of dragging the trial on with beaurocratic procedures. Shula has suffered long enough. This is our message".

 

Zaken, who described she was "going through a very difficult time" also commented on Ehud Olmert's trial, saying she is certain the truth will come out in his case as well: "I believe the results will be similar".

 

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