Not long ago retired Supreme Courtroom Justice Menachem Mazuz slammed former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an job interview printed Friday, expressing he led efforts to suppress Israel’s judicial technique.
“There was an ongoing endeavor to crush the police, the [state] prosecution, the lawyer normal, the courts,” Mazuz told Haaretz.
“The lawful procedure is intended to equilibrium the power of the federal government, and as soon as it crashes — the complete composition collapses. We have examples from the region, not quite much from here, that show how a democratic procedure collapses. We had been near, no question,” mentioned Mazuz, who retired from the court in April.
“In the earlier, these assaults came from the margins. This time they arrived from the prime minister, with the spotlight of program remaining his look as a defendant in court docket, with government ministers standing behind him. It was a terrifying scene from a fictional motion picture,” he said.
Mazuz was referring to Netanyahu’s overall look outside the court for the start off of his corruption demo in May perhaps 2020. Flanked by ministers and lawmakers from his Likud bash, Netanyahu ripped into law enforcement and prosecutors as he became the initial Israeli leading to stand demo on criminal charges when in place of work.
“Elements in the law enforcement and Condition Attorney’s Business banded with each other with left-wing journalists… to fabricate baseless instances towards me,” Netanyahu charged at the time.
In 2018, Mazuz sparked controversy when a recording of him was broadcast in which he appeared to blast then-PM Netanyahu’s authorities, decrying a “lack of leadership” amid legal investigations involving the leading and his associates.
Right before being named to the bench in 2014, Mazuz served as legal professional standard from 2004-2010.
He is very best remembered for indicting former prime minister Ehud Olmert on graft rates when he was legal professional standard. He allowed former president Moshe Katsav to be indicted for sexual intercourse offenses and former finance minister Avraham Hirschson for corruption. He also made a decision not to indict previous primary minister Ariel Sharon in a corruption scenario that was dubbed “the Greek island affair.”