Olmert prosecutor takes leave of absence


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The prosecutor in the corruption trial of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has gone on an indefinite leave of absence.

The State Prosecutor’s Office on Monday requested a three-month delay in the evidence stage of the Olmert trial after Deputy Jerusalem District Prosecutor Uri Korb went on leave for an unannounced period of time.

Korb took the leave Sunday at the request of the Justice Ministry following the publication over the weekend of insulting statements he made about judges and attorneys associated with the ministry while teaching a college seminar.

The hearing of testimony in Olmert’s trial was set to begin next week. Korb was set to conduct the trial in court, and knows the prosecution’s case the best, Haaretz reported.

Korb’s statements will be investigated by a disciplinary committee at the Civil Service Commission. He faces sanctions ranging from a reprimand to dismissal.

While teaching a course on the judiciary, Korb told the students at Sha’arei Mishpat College in Hod Hasharon that "a large portion of the judges in the State of Israel are major asses."

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