Olmert called in for questioning

Police to interrogate former PM on Holyland bribery affair Tuesday.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 24, 2010 21:15
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Former prime minister Ehud Olmert talks to the pre

olmert at court 311 AJ. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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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.

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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.

Police say he promoted Holyland projects and passed on tens of millions in bribery money to decision makers in the Jerusalem Municipality.

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