olmert at court 311 AJ.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
minister Ehud Olmert entered a police office in Lod on
Tuesday morning for eight hours of questioning in connection with the
Olmert, who is not the prime suspect in the affair, is the latest in a
long list of suspects to be interrogated in the police investigation,
which was made public on April 7.
“The former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, was summoned this evening by
the police to an interrogation, which will take place tomorrow morning
in the offices of the National Unit for Aggravated and International
Crime,” his spokesman, Amir Dan, said in a written statement on Monday
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prepare to confront Olmert
“After six weeks of baseless and
false leaks, the police have finally found the time to look into the
allegations with Olmert himself, and, for the first time, he will have
the opportunity to address their substance. Olmert has made it clear
more than once that he was never offered a bribe and never took a bribe,
directly or indirectly. It is very sad that the police leak the fact
that Olmert has been summoned and turn the whole thing into theatrics.”
Holyland affair involves suspicions that the owners of a large tract of
land near Jerusalem’s Bayit Vagan neighborhood, where the Holyland
Hotel once stood, paid bribes in order to vastly increase their building
rights on the property, and therefore its value, and to have the land
zoning changed to residential. They also allegedly received many other
benefits, including tax breaks from the municipality of Jerusalem for
Some of the changes made in the Holyland project were carried out during
Olmert’s term in office as mayor of Jerusalem. Others transpired during
the term of his successor, Uri Lupolianski.
The police have already questioned Hillel Charni, one of the owners of
the Holyland project, Uri Messer, Olmert’s former close friend and
attorney, Yehoshua Pollack, former deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Uri
Sheetrit, former Jerusalem city engineer and Shula Zaken, Olmert’s
long-time bureau chief.
According to the allegations, Olmert received bribes through Messer and
Zaken to support the changes in the project requested by its owners.
Ben Hartman contributed to this