olmert at court 311 AJ.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Police called in former prime minister Ehud Olmert to be questioned in relation to the Holyland Affair on Tuesday, Channel 2 reported Monday.
Police suspect that Olmert received bribes from businessmen backing the Holyland real estate development in south Jerusalem.
According to police suspicions, between 1999 and 2008 the Holyland development company and associated land development projects, then owned by businessman Hillel Charni, paid tens of millions of shekels in bribes to senior public decision makers in the Jerusalem Municipality, members of its planning and construction committee, the Israel Lands Administration, and others, in exchange for their approval for the Holyland housing project in the capital and additional developments in the North.
During remand hearing for the five central suspects in the
investigation, over a month back, Judge Avraham Haiman, deputy
president of the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court, said the police
investigation had uncovered “the most severe episode of corruption we
have seen, which penetrated the authorities.” He added, “the severity is
increased due to the involvement of senior figures, and I will not say
more than that.”
Real estate developer Meir Rabin is suspected of
acting as an intermediary in the alleged bribery ring.
say he promoted Holyland projects and passed on tens of millions in
bribery money to decision makers in the Jerusalem Municipality.