Police recommend Olmert indictment

August 23, 2010 13:44

Former PM likely to be charged for taking bribe in Holyland affair.

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Former prime minister Ehud Olmert talks to the pre

olmert at court 311 AJ. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Police recommended on Monday that state prosecutors indict former prime minister Ehud Olmert and several additional suspects in the Holyland real estate bribery affair.

Olmert will likely be charged with taking a bribe. Police also recommended that Olmert’s former aide, Shula Zaken, businessman Hillel Charni and former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski all be indicted.


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Olmert was questioned under caution three times in June and July over suspicions that he accepted around a million shekels in bribes from real estate developers in exchange for supporting the Holyland construction project in southern Jerusalem.

During questioning, Olmert was shown a series of documents allegedly linking him to bribery, fraud and abusing public office during his tenures as Jerusalem mayor and minister of trade, industry and labor. He has denied all of the suspicions against him.

Jpost.com staff contributed to this report

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