1 December 2006
Comment on Moshe Ya'alon case
Attorney-General Michael Cullen today said his decision in the Moshe Ya'alon case was made on the basis that there was
insufficient evidence to support any possible prosecution.
"On advice from Crown Law I was assured the material supplied to support the warrant did not meet the evidentiary
standards required for a court in New Zealand to be able to convict this man of the crimes that were alleged against
"The materials supplied to support the allegations could not be relied upon to show a prima facie case against the
"After careful analysis Crown Law was satisfied that the proceedings were invalid and the District Court Judge was
unwittingly acting without jurisdiction.
"I should point out, to the best of my knowledge, no arrest warrants have been issued in any other country and that the
International Criminal Court, where war crime cases are heard, is not pursuing this matter. We have certainly received
no request in this matter from any overseas authority."
Dr Cullen will be making no further comment and is not available for interviews.