Maariv editors trial under way

JERUSALEM — The trial of the editor in chief of the Israeli daily Ma'ariv opened this week in Tel Aviv District Court.

Editor Ofer Nimrodi was indicted in August on charges that included illegal wiretapping and interfering with a police investigation.

Also charged at the time was David Ronen, Ma'ariv's security chief.

In Sunday's trial, the court agreed to a defense request for an adjournment after Nimrodi's lawyers said they had not yet received all the prosecution evidence they wished to review.

No pleas were entered during the court session.

Allegations surfaced in 1994 that senior executives from Israel's two largest daily newspapers — Ma'ariv and Yediot Achronot — had been involved in the illegal wiretapping of the offices of each other and of other journalists as well those of public and political figures.

The alleged wiretapping took place when the papers were engaged in a heated circulation war.

In August, it was reported that charges of conducting illegal wiretaps were also being prepared against Moshe Vardi, the editor of Yediot Achronot.