Case 4000 suspects appeal extension of remand amid collusion controversy

The suspects in Case 4000, also known as the Bezeq Case, have filed an appeal against the extension of their remand amid the controversy surrounding suspected collusion between a case judge and an Israel Securities Authority investigator. “The process is flawed in its very foundations,” said Bezeq shareholder Shaul Elovitch’s attorney.
Shaul Elovitch in court in February 2018 Photo Credit: Flash90

The Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday is discussing an appeal filed by Case 4000 suspects Nir Hefetz and Shaul Elovitch. The suspects petitioned to the court after their remand was extended despite evidence of collusion between a Case 4000 judge and an Israel Securities Authority investigator assigned to the affair.

In a statement, lawyer of media mogul and Bezeq shareholder Shaul Elovitch clarified that the appeal is not a request to halt the investigation, but only to release his 70-year-old client from custody. “The process is flawed in its very foundations,” said attorney Jack Chen.

The decisions of Tuesday’s court meeting will be made public later this afternoon. As previously reported by JOL, Israel’s Channel 10 unveiled on Sunday evening that investigator Eran Shacham-Shavit wrote to Judge Ronit Poznansky-Katz in a WhatsApp text message that the authorities intend to release some of the suspects involved while keeping others in custody for a few more days.

Shacham-Shavit told Pozansky-Katz to “look surprised” when he recommends the remand extension at the upcoming hearing. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut filed a complaint against the judge.

Pozansky-Katz was removed from the case and will be replaced by Judge Alaa Masarwa. Shacham-Shavit has also been removed from the case.

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