Holyland: State witness tells how Meir Rabin paid bribes

July 8, 2012 23:20

The state's main witness in the Holyland trial on Monday for the first time discussed in detail his relationship with Jerusalem entrepreneur Meir Rabin. According to S.D., Rabin worked for him as the actual person who transferred the bribes to public officials after S.D. and the officials had agreed to the amounts.

Rabin would receive checks and then convert the checks into cash to give to the public officials, S.D. said.

For his part in the scheme, Rabin's monthly salary rose from NIS 11,500 monthly to NIS 15,000 monthly to NIS 21,500 monthly.

The witness, known officially only as S.D. due to a gag order on publishing his name, was continuing to testify on Monday in the second day of the Holyland trial, a massive corruption case involving allegations of fraud and bribery to advance a large construction project in Jerusalem against former prime minister Ehud Olmert, former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski, former Bank Hapoalim CEO Dan Dankner and 13 other defendants.

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