Risby-Raz: Sorry I made aliyah
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Olmert. Believes in peace talks
Photo: Guy Asayag

Risby-Raz takes stand in Olmert case

Former prime minister's coordinator bursts out crying while Olmert wishes world happy New Year

Foreign relations coordinator for former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert testified in matters related to his case Monday. During her testimony Rachel Risby-Raz said she was "sorry I immigrated to Israel" and immediately afterwards burst out crying.


Risby-Raz, who came to Israel in 2001, has been indicted in the 'Rishontours' double-billing case against Olmert. The prosecution says she helped cover up the filing of double receipts for Olmert's trips abroad for the sum of $92,000 – on his orders.


Before her testimony the attorney representing Risby-Raz at her trial – which is being carried out parallel to Olmert's – asked that it be postponed. However, the court ruled that there had been no extenuating circumstances justifying a continuance.


Earlier the former prime minister took advantage of the press coverage of his case to carry a political speech on the newly launched direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.


"I am hoping for great tidings, for us and our Palestinian neighbors, and wish the entire region, and maybe even the entire world, a happy New Year," he told reporters.


Olmert, who attended Risby-Raz's testimony, added that the people of Israel should be hopeful this Rosh Hashana.


"I believe there is a chance of achieving real gains that will lead us to a peace agreement. I want to praise the government, led by Netanyahu, who decided on this move," he said.



פרסום ראשון: 09.06.10, 12:02
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