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Olmert denies he sent Messer to receive funds from Talansky

Standing trial for the eight day in front of the Jerusalem District Court, former prime minister Ehud Olmert denied on Monday that he had asked his one-time attorney and former head of the "Jerusalem United for Olmert" campaign head Uri Messer to solicit funds from US businessman Moshe Talansky in order to close a NIS 2 million debt that the campaign had accumulated.
According to the indictment, Messer had sought Olmert's aid in helping to pay back the debt, and the former prime minister had pointed him in the direction of Talansky, who had deposited nearly $300,000 in Messer's account between 1998-1999. According to lawsuit, the funds were deposited initially as a guarantee for the account, but later, in 2002, served to cover the organizations debt.
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