Judge suspected of collusion to be tried in disciplinary hearing after removal from Case 4000

Due to evidence of collusion revealed earlier this week, Judge Ronit Poznansky-Katz will be tried in a disciplinary hearing for her involvement in the affair, the Israeli Justice Ministry announced on Wednesday. The Ombudsman of the Israeli Judiciary concluded against conducting a criminal trial against the judge.
Judge Ronit Poznansky-Katz Photo Credit: Courthouse Spokesperson

Judge Ronit Poznansky-Katz will be tried in a disciplinary hearing for her involvement in the collusion affair uncovered by Channel 10 earlier this week. The Ombudsman of the Israeli Judiciary concluded against conducting a criminal trial but denounced the judge’s actions in the affair as serious personal and professional transgressions.

The Israeli Justice Ministry and Supreme court announced the decision on Wednesday. Chief Justice Esther Hayut is expected to determine whether the judge would be suspended; however, according to estimations in Israel, Poznansky-Katz will first be asked to resign.

As previously reported by JOL, the Tel Aviv District Court rejected on Tuesday the appeal filed on behalf of Shaul Elovitch and Nir Hefetz regarding the decision to extend their remand. The petition was filed after the discovery that Poznansky-Katz was in contact with the prosecution prior to the hearings.

The two suspects will remain in custody until Sunday. Israel Securities Authority representative Yehudit Tirosh said about the rejection of the appeal that  “there is a real fear that if the suspects are to return home, important investigative procedures will be compromised.” Tirosh recommended that the two remain in custody for several days, stating “this is a serious matter and there is a public interest in justice.”



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