Ramon's conviction may be annulled

Thursday, February 22, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
A court may annul the conviction of former Justice Minister Haim Ramon, who was found guilty of sexual harassment, enabling him to return to his position.

A parole board may also recommend the court sentence Ramon to community service as punishment for his actions.

"With this specific case, a non-conviction will send a message to the public that his actions were acceptable," said State Prosecutor Ariela Segal-Antler in response to the court's decision. "This cannot be the message we send to the public."

Segal-Antler said that Ramon was harshly reprimanded by the judges in their final ruling even thought he wasn’t convicted on one of the graver charges of indecent assault.

Ramon was unanimously convicted by the three-judge panel in late January of having sexually harassed a female soldier at the Prime Minister's Office in July. Following the indictment, he resigned his post as justice minister.

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