Prosecutors ask Supreme Court to reopen corruption investigation against Olmert

April 27, 2014 16:51

Israeli prosecutors on Sunday afternoon filed an extremely rare request with the Supreme Court to reopen a 2012 Jerusalem corruption trial against former prime minister Ehud Olmert.

According to the request, new evidence from a former top aide to Olmert, Shula Zaken, includes statements by her and tapes she handed over of conversations with Olmert which could alter the verdict in the 2012 case to more serious convictions against Olmert.

Portions of this evidence were obtained in recent weeks when police questioned Olmert for three full days and the allegations may also be used against him in a new indictment as well as in the state's appeal of his acquittals from the 2012 Jerusalem corruption trial, currently awaiting the Supreme Court's decision.

The prosecution said it would fully detail the evidence within approximately three weeks, but could not yet at this stage since the investigation was ongoing.

Still, the prosecution said it thought it important to immediately notify the court, since ever part of the appeals process had already concluded other than the Supreme Court's decision. 

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