State witness: Cherny told me to give Olmert bribes

July 1, 2012 10:45


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The state's main witness in the Holyland Affair, whose identity remains hidden under a gag order, testified Sunday morning that businessman Hilel Cherny directed him to give money to a number of public officials, including former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who was the Jerusalem mayor at the time.

The testimony given at the Tel Aviv District Court, was the first in a series of hearings of the state’s main witness that will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. almost every day for two weeks. The witness is officially known only as “S.D.,” who according to reports is the key to the case against Olmert and many of the other defendants.

"S.D." also testified that Cherny asked him to become the CEO of a straw company, saying that Cherny had to approve every action, including to whom bribes were paid and the amount of the payments.

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