Attorney-client privilege with a twist: Attorney supplies client with cocaine during prison consultations

According to the Israel Police, an Israeli attorney was arrested for smuggling cocaine to his client in prison during two attorney-client consultations. The prisoner apparently used the cocaine during one of their meetings and hid the remainder in his clothing with the intention of distributing it to other prisoners.

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The Prosecution Division of the Israel Police filed an indictment today (Wednesday) against a 35-year-old lawyer from Kiryat Malakhi who smuggled cocaine to a prisoner at Ayalon Prison on two separate occasions during attorney-client consultations. The indictment also included the prisoner, a 35-year-old man from Ashdod, accused of abuse and possession of a controlled substance.

According to the charges, last March, the attorney met with his client in a visiting booth whose glass partition was left open. As they were conversing, the attorney took the cocaine- wrapped up in toilet paper- out of his pocket and placed it behind the folder of documents he had brought with him so as to conceal it from the security cameras and prison guards. The prisoner then slipped his hand underneath the folder and took the cocaine.

A month later, in another attorney-client consultation, the lawyer took 0.94 grams of cocaine out of his pocket, wrapped once again in toilet paper, and slipped it to his client in the same manner as before.

According to the indictment, during one of the meetings, the prisoner opened the toilet paper with the cocaine in the center of the table, used some of the drug and hid the rest in his clothing.

In the indictment filed at Ramla's Magistrate's Court, the attorney was charged with offenses of distribution, trafficking and selling of controlled substances and the prisoner was charged with possession and use of drugs with the intent of distribution.



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