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Trial of Veteran Judge Opens in Israel; Charged with Accepting Bribe

September 19, 1966
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The trial opened in District Court here today of Judge Eliezer Malchi, one of Israel’s veteran judges who is charged with having accepted a bribe of 4,000 pounds ($1,333) from a woman lawyer, Yona Sefer to deal leniently with her client, Shlomo Wenkart.

Judge Malchi was present in the crowded courtroom today where hundreds had been waiting since early morning to witness the proceedings. Attorney General Moshe Ben-Zeev, who is personally conducting the prosecution told the court he intends to prove every point in the charge sheet beyond all possible doubt. Dozens of witnesses and thousands of documents are expected to be brought before the court which is chaired by the president of the Jerusalem District Court, Judge Harry Baker.

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