After several state prosecution officials quietly criticized the court ruling that acquitted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of two major corruption charges on Tuesday, attorney Anat Savidor of the Central District State Prosecutor's Office went public with her criticism of the ruling on Thursday, saying it is hard to understand how Olmert was acquitted.
At a state prosecution conference held in Eilat, Savidor spoke about the case openly and said "I find it difficult to understand how there was an acquittal when $450,000 were not accounted for and were not reported to the State Comptroller. This is not clear and I do not understand it. But I guess we can't understand everything."
Savidor, daughter of the late Knesset Speaker Menachem Savidor, continued, saying "My father was the Knesset Speaker and knew where every shekel went."
Commenting on the issue of moral turpitude in Olmert's case, Savidor said "How did Olmert avoid having moral turpitude added to the nature of his crime? There is no way the crime did not involve moral turpitude."
According to Savidor the prosecution was correct in indicting Olmert. "If he wasn't indicted, there would have been a huge, unprecedented protest and indictments of other public officials would not have been submitted."
Amir Dan, Olmert's public relations adviser, said on Thursday "It's unfortunate that some officials in the prosecutor's office, whose only job is to criticize others and point an accusing finger at them, are not able to internalize criticism aimed at them and instead of rectifying the wrongs, they prefer to go on the offensive, even if the criticism comes from the court itself. Unfortunately the prosecution honors court rulings only when they correspond to their positions. Whenever a court rules against their position, the prosecution acts as if it was above the court."
State Prosecutor Moshe Lador, who was on the receiving end of some extremely scathing criticism for the way he handled the Olmert case, welcomed support from some senior colleagues on Thursday who sent him a letter of commendation. Authors of the letter, including deputy attorney-generals, district prosecutors and prosecution department heads, wrote, among other things, "We are shocked and appalled by the recent ugly and restraint-free wave in the media and in the public discourse in Israel against prosecution officials in general and against you specifically. We view you as an excellent public servant role model, a man of endless integrity and an uncompromising professional."
Regarding a demand that Lador take personal responsibility for the prosecution's failure to achieve a conviction on two major corruption charges in the Olmert case, the authors wrote "We oppose the recent impassioned demand for your resignation and are concerned about its ramifications. He who demands your head today will also demand that the hands of others other be cut off as well in their struggle against public corruption."
Lador had a pleasurable break from all the criticism aimed at him on Thursday when he attended his son's wedding at Kibbutz Ma'ale HaHamisha.