Shendar: Material on Olmert 'limited'

State attorney tells Gal-On he will not necessarily remain to see Bank Leumi investigation through.

October 16, 2007 16:23
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Shendar: Material on Olmert 'limited'

Olmert happy 224.88. (photo credit: AP [file])

The material amassed during the investigation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the sale of Bank Leumi was "relatively limited," Army Radio quoted State Attorney Eran Shendar as saying Tuesday. "The magnitude of the material in nowhere near that of the investigation of former minister Aryeh Deri," he wrote in response to a query by MK Zehava Gal-On (Meretz). Police suspect that Olmert tried to influence the 2005 sale of the government's controlling interest in Israel's second largest bank to favor two associates; at the time, Olmert was finance minister in Ariel Sharon's government. Those associates, billionaires Australian real estate developer Frank Lowy and American Slim Fast founder S. Daniel Abraham, never submitted a formal bid for the bank. The investigation into the Bank Leumi sale was ordered last year by Shendar. Olmert, who was the last person to be questioned in the case, has denied any wrongdoing. Shendar refused to say whether he would remain in his position as state attorney until after it was decided whether Olmert would be indicted. "As long as the Bank Leumi case file is brought to my desk before I leave, the decision will be made by me. In the event that the case file comes after my replacement is appointed, the decision on the case will be made by him," Shendar wrote to Gal-On. In response, Gal-On expressed hope that the attorney's replacement would follow through with the investigation despite the fact that he\she would be appointed by the prime minister, in her words "the prime suspect in the case." "Not only must justice be done - it must be seen," she said. Etgar Lefkovitz contributed to this report

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