The state's witness in the Holyland trial testified that he paid bribes that former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski requested, in exchange for help overcoming legal and zoning obstacles in the real estate project. In the fourth day of his testimony Thursday, the witness said he paid NIS 120,000 to Lupolianski's election campaign and financed NIS 1.2 toward a shul for the Yad Sarah organization, at the former mayor's behest.
He also recalled that in May 2000, Lupolianski gave him a personal tour of a Yad Sarah institution where Lupolianski wanted the shul built.
The state witness, known officially only as S.D. due to a court gag order, initially thought that financing the new shul for Lupolianski's pet organization would be enough to obtain his cooperation.
However, S.D. testified that Lupolianski later returned and asked S.D. to also buy a new ark to hold the new shul's Torah in exchange for his continued cooperation.