Olmert continues to deny involvement in Rishon Tours affair

June 13, 2011 11:38


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On Monday, the fifth day of former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s testimony in the Jerusalem District Court, Olmert was asked about several documents that he had signed off on relating to his travel plans, among them on correspondence with the accountant general of the Industry Trade and Labor Ministry.

In one instance, Olmert noted to his travel planner Rachel Rizby Raz to make sure that the office reported on Olmert’s travel plans ahead of the trip and not after it. In another he testified on his will to have the different ministry departments cooperate better amongst themselves in order to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings.

Though he said he didn’t remember any of the particular details, Olmert addressed the letters’ contents conjecturing the reasoning behind what was written in his handwriting.

I might have known that we turned to Rishon Tours, but I don’t remember it ever being a problem. I also don’t remember the accountant-general ever indicating that there was a problem with the way we booked tickets with the travel agency,” said Olmert.

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