Olmert, smug, with white on the sides 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post)
Supreme Court on Monday recommended that the State Prosecutor’s office
reexamine its decision to close an investigation against former Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert in the Cremieux affair, pending a ruling on the
connection of top Jerusalem city officials to the allegation.
affair deals with suspicions that then Industry, Trade, and Labor
minister, Olmert paid a discounted price for an apartment on Jerusalem’s
Cremieux Street from its developer the Alumot MG Engineering Corporation
in exchange for his assistance for shortening bureaucratic processes
for a real estate project Alumot MG was planning in the city. The affair
first came to light following a state comptroller’s report in March
police investigation that followed was eventually closed about a year
ago after then attorney general Menachem Mazuz and other top officials
at the State Prosecutor’s Office followed police recommendations that
there was insufficient evidence that prove that any criminal offenses
had taken place.
recommendation Monday to reopen the case came during a hearing that
dealt with a petition issued by joiurnalist Yoav Yitzhak, which was
critical of the decision made by former Attorney General Mazuz to close
the case against Olmert.
State Prosecutor’s office has rejected the proposal, and added that they would
issue a final decision on the matter at a later date.
State prosecutor Uri Keidar
said during the hearing that the investigations of senior municipal
officials’ roles in the affair is different than those involving Olmert,
adding that Mazuz had ruled that while the conduct of municipal
officials warranted suspicion, there was no evidence to suggest
wrongdoing on Olmert’s part.
attorney Roi Belcher said during Monday’s hearing that the discussions
over the Cremieux affair were pointless stating that Olmert received the
same price as anyone who would have bought the apartment.