Former justice minister convicted of indecent acts

Thursday, February 01, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The State Prosecutor said on Thursday that former justice minister Haim Ramon, who was convicted of committing an indecent act with a female soldier in the Prime Minister’s Office, will most likely not be jailed.

Instead, Ramon will receive parole and a fine.

Ramon said Wednesday he plans to appeal the verdict, which was unanimously given by the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court.

The former justice minister was accused last summer of forcibly kissing a 21-year-old soldier without her consent.

Ramon said he did not force her to kiss him and that she also suggestively hugged him. But the judges said his version of the kiss, which he described as consensual, was “illogical and unreasonable,” and that there was “no doubt regarding the credibility of the witness.”

Interior Minister Roni Bar-On is expected to replace Ramon as justice minister. He would take over from Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who is also acting justice minister.

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