Drama in former prime minister's trial: Ehud Olmert's ex-bureau chief decides not to testify in corruption trial
Aviad Glickman|Published: 09.06.11 , 18:02
the ex-bureau chief of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced Tuesday she will not testify in the corruption trial
against him, in which she is also charged.
As one of the defendants, Zaken is meant to give the court her version of affairs but holds the right not to do so.
Zaken and Olmert. 'I won't play the prosecution's game' (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
In her statements to the police Zaken did not give her version in the Rishontours and Talansky affairs. She only provided a statement on the wiretapping case. If the prosecution holds substantial evidence against Zaken, the very fact that she will not testify will reinforce evidence against her.
Zaken spoke to reporters at the end of a hearing on Tuesday and fiercely attacked the prosecution. "The interrogations had one purpose alone – to topple a serving prime minister," she said. "That's not my way and I didn't see myself cooperating with such a purpose. I cannot afford to play the prosecution's rigged game."
She added: "I am confident justice will be served and that the trial will end with an exoneration."