Tel Aviv District Court’s Judge Benny Sagi declared a stop to all ongoing criminal proceedings regarding accepting bribes against former minister Benjamin “Fuad” Ben-Eliezer, who passed away two weeks prior, while continuing proceedings in regard to the other five individuals indicted in the case, as per the request of the prosecution.
Commenting on having Ben-Eliezer’s name stricken from the case, a representative for the prosecution said that “We will continue with the case against those who betrayed trust and laundered money.”
Attorney Amit Hadad, a partner in law office of Jacob Weinroth, which represented Ben-Eliezer, responded to the ruling. “The law states that once a defendant is deceased, all criminal proceedings against him are terminated. A new indictment has now been submitted. I think even the prosecution understands that this indictment lacks strength, and I assume the remaining defense lawyers will eventually lead the case to the acquittal of the other defendants, ending it in a full acquittal. Ben-Eliezer died not guilty, was not guilty and remains not guilty.”