The verdict in former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s corruption trial will be
handed down on July 10, the Jerusalem District Court announced on
Olmert is being tried on three corruption charges.
first charge, the prosecution alleges he failed to report donations, including
those made by New York businessman Moshe Talansky, to the state comptroller, as
required by law.
The second charge relates to the so-called Rishon Tours
affair, according to which Olmert is accused of double- and sometimes
triple-billing charities and a government office for flights booked via the
Rishon Tours travel agency, and using the surplus money to pay for flights and
upgrades for family members.
The third charge relates to the so-called
Investment Center affair, in which the prosecution alleges Olmert granted
illegal favors to Uri Messer, his former law firm partner, who applied to the
Investment Center for state grants and other benefits.
Olmert is being
tried alongside his former bureau chief, Shula Zaken.
Both Olmert and
Zaken have denied the charges.
The announcement regarding the verdict was
made on the same day that the heart of the Holyland trial, which involves Olmert
and 15 other defendants, began with the opening testimony of the state’s main
Olmert’s spokesman had no comment on either the announcement or
the fact that it was announced the same day that the Holyland trial started in
earnest.Joanna Paraszczuk contributed to this report.