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Jerusalem - Demjanjuk's Lawyer To Defend Israeli President

Published on: January 15, 2012 10:45 AM
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FILE - Advocate Yoram Sheftel who represented Ivan Demjanjuk in the 1980 for war crimes during the Holocaust on June 06, 2005. Photo by Yossi Zamir/ Flash90FILE - Advocate Yoram Sheftel who represented Ivan Demjanjuk in the 1980 for war crimes during the Holocaust on June 06, 2005. Photo by Yossi Zamir/ Flash90

Jerusalem - An Israeli attorney who defended an accused Nazi-era war criminal has joined the legal team of the disgraced former president, Moshe Katsav, an associate of the lawyer said Sunday.

Yoram Sheftel will help Katsav in a last attempt to overturn a rape conviction that sent him to prison last month, courts officials said. Tal Malik, an attorney at Sheftel’s law firm, confirmed he would help defend Katsav.

Katsav, 66, is serving a seven-year term for raping an employee when he was a Cabinet minister in 1998, and of sexually harassing two other women when he was president from 2000 to 2007.

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Israel’s Supreme Court rejected Katsav’s appeal in November and issued the prison sentence. But it has agreed to give Katsav another hearing.

Sheftel, who has called the Katsav conviction a farce, is no stranger to controversy.

He represented John Demjanjuk, who in the 1980s stood trial in Israel accused of being the notoriously brutal guard “Ivan the Terrible” at the Treblinka extermination camp.

Demjanjuk was convicted, sentenced to death, and then acquitted in 1993 when the Israeli Supreme Court overturned the ruling. Judges said Demjanjuk was a victim of mistaken identity.

While working on the case, Sheftel had acid thrown in his face. Since then, he has also defended Israeli mafia suspects, and he hosts an incendiary talk radio program.

In 2011, a German court convicted Demjanjuk, 91, of being an accessory to the murder of 28,000 people while guarding the Sobibor death camp in Poland.


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 Jan 15, 2012 at 02:20 PM stamfordhilly Says:

What an Absolute disgrace to use such an attorney, it just shows how bad katsav is, if sheftel represents the underworld and nazi criminals then katsav is stupid to employ him, he is joining ranks with the most vilest people

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 Jan 15, 2012 at 06:52 PM Avreich1 Says:

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stamfordhilly Says:

What an Absolute disgrace to use such an attorney, it just shows how bad katsav is, if sheftel represents the underworld and nazi criminals then katsav is stupid to employ him, he is joining ranks with the most vilest people

I have to agree with our North London friend (above).

Even thinking of using Advocate Sheftel in such a high profile appeal would seem to be the gravest of misjudgments yet by Moshe Katzav.

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 Jan 16, 2012 at 05:28 AM NotFrum Says:

Israel's evil, feminist-controlled judiciary left the innocent Katsav no choice.

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 Jan 16, 2012 at 08:31 AM Avreich1 Says:

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NotFrum Says:

Israel's evil, feminist-controlled judiciary left the innocent Katsav no choice.

Oh come on, NonFrum (or "NonFurm", as you called yourself on another thread. Clearly you don;t have sufficient self-respect even to spell your own name properly), even *you* know, in your heart of hearts, that what you have written is total, unadulterated, 100%, שטויות גמורות.

!אם תמתום היה פעמון אתה הייתה כל הזמן מצלצל

There is no end of choice among highly competent advocates admitted to the Israel Bar. Yoram Sheftel is nothing but an opportunistic, self-publicizing, ambulance chaser.

Moshe Katzav, who has been granted a completely unprecedented second bite of the cherry with his SECOND appeal to the Supreme Court, who do well to think long and hard over his choice of "savior".

The chances are that Katzav will be returned to another seven years of languishing in his jail cell while Sheftel will be counting his fat fee and laughing, all the way to his bank - and at his former client's stupidity.

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