Former Tel Aviv District Attorney Ruth David, who is suspected of bribery and obstructing justice in the huge scandal centering on journalist and attorney Ronel Fisher, fainted at the entrance to the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court Friday, when she was brought there for arraignment.
Magen David Adom medics tended to her and evacuated her to a hospital.
A representative for the Justice Ministry's Police Investigations Department hinted in court that the fainting was staged, and that David had simply done what she had advised others to do as an attorney, in similar situations.
David has been under arrest since Tuesday. According to multiple sources, at least two judges are also involved in the case.
Fisher has been under arrest since April. He is suspected of using his influence with senior police officers, some of whom he represented in court, to provide people with information about ongoing investigations against them.
David reportedly had a working relationship with Fisher. She is suspected of assisting Fisher in attempts to coordinate testimony between various suspects and witnesses. According to Haaretz, the suspicions against her also date back to the time when she was the Tel Aviv Chief Prosecutor.
As an attorney, she has been involved in some of the highest-profile cases in the last decade, and her arrest is seen as earth-shattering, in terms of the Israeli legal world.
On Monday, former Maariv publisher Ofer Nimrodi was arrested on suspicion of bribing Fisher in return for information about investigations against him. Nimrodi is the son of tycoon Yaakov Nimrodi and the director of Hachsharat Hayishuv, the Israel Land Development Company – a very large conglomerate with holdings in real estate, infrastructure, energy, hotels and billboards.
Nimrodi was released to two days of house arrest. Fisher is considered a protege of Nimrodi's, since the days in which Nimrodi owned Maariv.
The arrests were made possible after Fisher's former assistant turned state witness. She reportedly provided information last week that also led to the arrest of two brothers who are active in real estate, as well as the former director of Netivei Yisrael, the National Transport Infrastructure Company, Shai Baras. Baras is reportedly suspected of bribing a police officer in return for information from police investigations.
The case against Fisher broke open after Alon Hassan, who heads the workers' union in the Ashdod Port, told police that Fisher had tipped him off in advance about a planned police raid at the port. The officer suspected of tipping off Fisher has been named as Major Eran Malka. A psychologist is also under arrest for allegedly providing Malka with a false diagnosis that enabled him to retire from the police and receive benefits despite the suspicions that were raised against him. The prosecution has indicated that Malka may turn state witness too, but will spent years in jail nonetheless.