Analysis: Ex-chief investigator: Latest suspicions 'based on indisputable evidence'

Ex-chief investigator tells 'Post' statement released by police contains "unusually harsh wording."

Mizrahi Moshe Police 298 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Mizrahi Moshe Police 298
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The recent damning allegations against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert disclosed to the public on Friday are without a doubt based on indisputable and firm evidence, former Israel Police chief investigator Cmdr. (ret.) Moshe Mizrahi told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday. "When you look at the statement released by state prosecutors and the police, you can see unusually harsh wording, which is uncharacteristic. There can be no explanation for releasing such a bold and harshly worded statement other than the fact that police are in possession of concrete evidence to prove the suspicions," Mizrahi explained. "No question mark or flimsy evidence can exist for police to release such a statement," he added. "The allegations are so ugly and base - it is inconceivable that they were released simply to harm the prime minister. The evidence must exist. Unlike the original [Morris] Talansky investigation, the police do not need to rely on the testimonies of Talansky, [Uri] Messer and other witnesses, and then go and assemble supporting documentation to back up the testimonies and build the case," Mizrahi said. "Here, there is firm documentation of money transferred, of requests to organizations for money, and proof of the transfer of funds to a private account for Olmert by the travel agency. "Clearly, Olmert will not be able to say, as he has done in response to the Talansky investigation, that he was unaware of what was happening, or that he trusted others to handle the funds for him. The claim of blindness is problematic here. What transpired here was a consequence of orders from 'the commander [Olmert],'" the former chief investigator said. "If you look at your account and suddenly see tens of thousands of dollars in it, what would you do? How could you not be aware of that?" he asked. "The police would have to be crazy to release a statement like this before Talansky's cross-examination without having the firmest evidence to back it up," Mizrahi said.