Police's advice to indict Olmert described "meaningless"
www.chinaview.cn 2008-09-08 17:05:32   Print
°§Olmert's legal team said the police's recommendation was "meaningless."
°§It also said: "The only person with the authority to indict the PM is the attorney general."
°§Police finally recommended to indict Olmert over two cases.

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sept. 7, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    By Huang Heng

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Israeli police's Sunday recommendation to indict Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in two corruption cases is drawing mass attention in the Jewish state, with some people considered it "meaningless."

    "This is meaningless," said Olmert's legal team in a statement released almost at the same time when the police statement was issued on Sunday evening.

    After a five-hour marathon meeting, Israeli police made the recommendation proposal against Olmert and sent it to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz.

    The move was stroke back immediately by Olmert's legal team, saying in the statement that the police recommendation had no impact because "the only person with the authority to indict the prime minister" is the attorney general.

    "We will wait patiently for the decision of the attorney general," the statement said. "Unlike the police, he is aware of the heavy responsibility he holds."

    Olmert's media advisor Amir Dan slammed the police by saying that "the police have no choice but to recommend an indictment, since they have to justify the fact that they brought down a prime minister in office."

Editor: Du Guodong
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