Former PM Ehud Olmert .
(photo credit: AMIT SHABAY/POOL)
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit on Thursday ordered the police to open a preliminary review of former prime minister Ehud Olmert's alleged leak of classified information.
Mandelblit said that depending on the results of the initial review, he would decide if the incident warranted opening a full criminal investigation.
Olmert is currently 16 months into a 27-month prison sentence for separate convictions in the Holyland real estate affair and the Talansky affair
A statement from Mandelblit's office said that one of Olmert's lawyers was caught smuggling out portions of a new book he is in the process of running which contain classified information.
According to the Justice Ministry, Olmert had previously been warned that the censor had declared the information prohibited from being published.
With the opening of the probe, Yediot Ahronot
's publishing office has been searched regarding elements of Olmert's books which might relate to the case. Yediot Ahronot
's news offices have not been searched.
The probe is expected to include a variety of Olmert's visitors who overlapped with the period in which he has been writing his new book.