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21 March 2019

The Times of Israel liveblogged Thursday’s events at they unfolded.

2:46 pm

Court releases key witness in submarine case who recanted testimony

The Lod Magistrate’s Court accepts an appeal by Miki Ganor, the state’s key witness in the high-profile submarine corruption case, and orders his release.

Judge Nava Bechor orders Ganor released to house arrest until Sunday. He is barred from speaking to anyone involved in the Case 3000 investigation, and has been barred from leaving the country for the next four months.

“I don’t believe exceptional circumstances have arisen that justify to keep him in detention,” Bechor writes in her decision according to reports in Hebrew-language media. “This is an appropriate alternative to detention, and will dispel concerns of obstruction in the investigation.”

Ganor will not be released until tomorrow so that police have an opportunity to appeal the decision.

2:47 pm

State prosecutor tells Ganor plea deal may be nixed for recanting testimony

The state prosecutor informs ex-navy official Miki Ganor the plea agreement struck last year in the submarines corruption investigation could be rescinded after the key witness abruptly recanted his testimony in the high-profile case.

A statement from the Justice Ministry says that Ganor’s amended testimony to police “contradicts his detailed testimony given as state’s evidence” and therefore violates the terms of the partial immunity.

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Ganor’s lawyers have until Wednesday to submit an explanation for their client’s sudden change of heart.