Top court: Rethink Olmert case

State Attorney’s Office rejects proposal, but adds that it will issue a final decision at a later date.

June 15, 2010 06:53
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Olmert, smug, with white on the sides

Olmert, smug, with white on the sides 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post)

The Supreme Court recommended on Monday that the State Attorney’s Office reexamine its decision to close an investigation against former prime minister Ehud Olmert in the Cremieux affair, pending a ruling on top Jerusalem city officials’ connections to the allegations.

The State Attorney’s Office rejected the proposal, but added that it would issue a final decision at a later date.

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The affair deals with suspicions that Olmert, as minister of industry, trade and labor, paid a discounted price for an apartment on Jerusalem’s Cremieux Street to its developer, the Alumot MG Engineering Corporation, in exchange for his assistance in shortening bureaucratic processes for a real estate project Alumot was planning in the city. The affair first came to light following a state comptroller’s report in March 2006.

The police investigation that followed was closed about a year ago after then-attorney-general Menahem Mazuz and top officials at the State Attorney’s Office followed police recommendations that there was insufficient evidence to prove that any criminal offenses had taken place.

The justices’ recommendation on Monday to reopen the case came during a hearing that dealt with a petition issued by journalist Yoav Yitzhak, which was critical of Mazuz’s decision to close the case against Olmert.

State Attorney Uri Keidar said during the hearing that the investigations of senior municipal officials’ roles in the affair were different from those involving Olmert. He added that Mazuz had ruled that while the conduct of municipal officials warranted suspicion, there was no evidence to suggest wrongdoing on Olmert’s part.

Olmert attorney Ro’i Belcher said during Monday’s hearing that the discussions over the Cremieux affair were pointless, and that Olmert had received the same price as anyone who would have bought the apartment.

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