Following former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's sentencing
in the Jerusalem District Court on Monday to one year's probation and a NIS 75,000 fine, the State Prosecutor's Office has announced that it intends to appeal the ruling in the Talansky Affair
case and possibly, the Rishon Tours
Last July, Olmert was found guilty of breach of trust in the Investment Center case but was exonerated
of the majority of the corruption charges against him in the Rishon Tours and Talansky Affair cases.
the ruling Prosecutor Eli Abarbanel said "This is affair is not over" adding that the State Prosecutor's Office will now consider filing an appeal.
Olmert relieved after verdict (Photo: Omer Meron)
The prosecution is unanimous over the need to appeal the Talansky Affair sentence. It believes that the appeal will be accepted as the court received quite a few of the prosecution's arguments – the fact that Olmert received funds from Talansky, wrote letters to help Talansky's business interests and kept hundreds of thousands of dollars in a secret fund held by his friend Uri Messer.
The prosecution believes it has a strong case for the court of appeals.
Olmert's attorney Eli Zohar earlier called on the prosecution to refrain from appealing the ruling.
"From my professional perspective, (the case) is over and done with and to reiterate statements made by greater men than I, the Supreme Court in a ruling handed down last week stated clearly that it was unworthy and perhaps even impossible to appeal a verdict handed down by the majority, unanimously, by three judges; an acquittal of course."