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‘Intercourse for judgeship’ case in opposition to Effi Naveh closed – State Lawyer

Deputy prosecutor Shlomo Lemberger made a shocking announcement on Sunday, saying he was closing the sex-for-judges bribery scandal that rocked the country in 2019.

Lemberger explained that although the defendants involved had illegal intentions to bribe their sexual relationship, they apparently wanted this relationship also for reasons of actual attraction and legal reasons.

Given these mixed motivations, Lemberger said the case would likely have been a loser in court.

As early as December 2019, the then prosecutor Shai Nitzan had stated that both the former president of the Israeli bar association, Efi Nave, and the judge of the district court of Netanya, Eti Karif, would likely be embroiled in the scandal.

Nave once controlled the casting vote on the Judicial Selection Committee, and Karif had been accused of establishing a close relationship with him in return for his assistance in getting her a judge’s office.

A second judge scandal was closed in the December 2019 prosecution statement.

Nave was suspected of engaging in a close relationship with a female lawyer married to a judge of a male judge for assistance from Nave in promoting the male judge to the higher district court.

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Similarly, in December 2019, an investigation into Nave’s problematic close relationship with a legal intern was concluded as inappropriate but not as a criminal.

In January 2019, Nave resigned as president of the Israel Bar Association following the Sex for Judgeship affair.

At the time, Lahav interviewed 433 – The National Crime Unit – Nave and two other suspects, one of whom was Karif, for involvement in a program to promote law candidates in exchange for sexual favors.

In addition, then Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who was interviewed on Channel 12 about the Nave saga, defended herself in January against calls for her resignation due to her political alliance with Nave in judging the selection process.

Shaked hit her critics, claiming that in an earlier scandal involving an Israel Bar Association official who had formed an alliance with judges on the Judicial Selection Committee, no one asked for the judges’ resignation because of their association with the lawyer .

She said she should not be attacked either, and was only attacked because leftist officials are angry with her success in appointing Conservative judges to the Supreme Court.

Overall, she said that she trusted the police to find the truth at the heart of the case, and that even if Nave had committed criminal acts, his actions turned the hundreds of due judicial appointments that she, six Supreme Court, into a negative Judges and other officials should shine a light.

The President of the Supreme Court, Esther Hayut, and a number of other prominent members of the Judicial Selection Committee should at some point give evidence to the police as factual witnesses.

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