AG: Attacks on Lador endanger rule of law (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviel Magnezi Published: 07.11.12, 20:14)
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Yehuda Weinstein warns overly-harsh, personal criticism of state
prosecutor following Olmert verdict cannot be tolerated
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein warned Wednesday that the personal
attacks against State Prosecutor Moshe Lador, which have become
stridently loud since the State lost its main criminal case against
former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, was dangerous.
The State Prosecutor´s Office drew unprecedented fire following
Olmert´s acquittal of corruption charges, with many demanding Lador
step down immediately.
In a letter circulated within the State Prosecutor´s Office, the AG
stated that "An authority tasked with upholding law and order is
tested by its ability to listen to criticism and use it to better
"But we are not blind to the dangers of the uninhibited, personal
rebuking of attorneys who are carrying out their duties with
unwavering integrity and professionalism."
"The state prosecutor did so, and so did the other attorneys involved
in this case," Weinstein continued. "Such personal attacks pose a
danger to prosecutorial independence – a principle vital to the rule
of law – and that cannot be allowed to happen."
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The AG further backed Lador´s statement that the case against Olmert
was "reasonable and legally sound," adding that "The tools of our
trade are the law and our professional conscience. They alone guide
us and we will not deviate from them.
"Court rulings acquit as they convict and we study all of them
accordingly. We do not relish in convictions and the personal attacks
against attorneys following acquittals, be they partial or full, will
not deter us in the fight for Israel´s character as a nation of law.
"Today, like any other day, we should all be proud of being a part of
the State Prosecutor´s Office," he concluded.
´Ruling irrelevant to Holyland case´
Earlier, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino urged the legal system
to "study the lessons of the Olmert exoneration and take them to
The verdict rendered in the former PM´s case "Is a testament to the
strength of the system of law enforcement," he said, adding
that "Undue and dangerous tongue-lashing that may undermine the State
Prosecutor´s Office – and the man heading it – should be avoided.
"Moshe Lador is a devoted attorney with an impressive career and a
champion for the rule of law," he added. "I´m sure the Judiciary will
study this verdict and keep on leading the fight against public
corruption without bias, as the police do."
Meanwhile, the Justice Ministry said that the State´s position in the
Holyland case against Olmert, which is still pending, will not change
following his recent exoneration.
The statement, which contradicts an earlier one saying that the case
may be reviewed again, said that "other than the regular updates and
reviews in the case, which are customary to any pending case, nothing
has changed. The verdict rendered in Tuesday is irrelevant to the
Holyland case." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 07/11/12)
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