Former prime minister Ehud Olmert with lawyer in court 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Tel Aviv District Prosecutors charged former prime minister Ehud Olmert
with receiving bribes in the Holyland affair on Thursday, the Justice
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Olmert was charged with accepting bribes in
order to advance certain construction projects while he served as mayor
Charges were also filed against Olmert's bureau chief Shula Zaken and former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski in the affair.
The Justice Ministry said that following an opinion from the state
prosecutor and state legal advisor on criminal matters, it decided to
file bribery charges against Olmert, Zaken and Lupolianski.
In August 2010, Police recommended that state prosecutors indict Olmert and several additional suspects in the affair.
The former prime minister was questioned under caution three times in
June and July of 2010 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.Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.