Former PM Ehud Olmert
Mazuz. Denied third-party hearing
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Attorneys representing former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert informed Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Thursday that their client would not be attending the court hearings scheduled on his case.
The attorneys recently claimed that the indictment against Olmert's travel agent showed Mazuz was biased and intent upon convicting him.
After having foregone the hearing on the case, the attorneys changed their minds and demanded a hearing before an objective third party. Mazuz rejected their demand on Wednesday.
Investigators say they have sufficient evidence to indict former PM for breach of trust in case pertaining to some 260 political appointments made during his stint at Industry Ministry; ministry's former Dir.-Gen. Dinur and ex-Cabinet Secretary Yehezkel may also face criminal charges
Thursday's letter to Mazuz, signed by attorney Eli Zohar, states that "Olmert's right to a legally proper hearing has been thwarted, and thus the hearings scheduled for this month are void".
The attorney general has previously announced that he would not file an indictment against the prime minister in the double-billing case against him because he views all three affairs in which Olmert was allegedly involved as one. Thus, he explained, he would not file indictments until hearings on the other two cases had been held.
However no such hearings have been scheduled thus far and Mazuz will soon be forced to decide whether to file charges against Olmert based on accusations thus far.