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State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss is expected to recommend early next week that Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz place Prime Minister Ehud Olmert under criminal investigation for his alleged involvement in the illicit sale of Bank Leumi shares, Channel 10 reported Thursday evening.
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Earlier this week, the State Comptroller's office published allegations that Olmert committed bribery offenses in the course of a sale of a majority share in the bank.
On Tuesday, Justice Ministry spokesman Moshe Cohen wrote that "a few weeks ago, the state comptroller handed over to the attorney-general material related to a tender for the sale of the core control of Bank Leumi. As is customary, the attorney-general handed the material to the state attorney to examine and prepare an opinion regarding what to do with the material. At this point, no decisions have been taken, there is no criminal procedure and the police are not involved in the matter."
Mazuz has the authority to decide whether to prosecute Olmert.
The prime minister is also under investigation for political appointments he allegedly made in the Authority for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses during his term as minister of industry and commerce, as well as for the alleged purchase of real estate in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv at prices below the market value.
Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.
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