PM's Leumi case to be decided Sunday

Olmert has been investigated on charges of interfering with sale of the bank's stock.

November 21, 2007 15:25
PM's Leumi case to be decided Sunday

Danino 248.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])


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Police Intelligence and Investigations Division chief Cmdr. Yohanan Danino is expected to announce on Sunday whether an indictment will be filed against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert regarding the Bank Leumi affair. Olmert is suspected of trying - albeit unsuccessfully - to influence the sale of the state's controlling interest in the country's second-largest bank in favor of two associates while he was finance minister in 2005. Before announcing his decision, Danino is expected to meet with the team of investigators who led the probe and examine whether enough evidence had been gathered against Olmert to build a case against him. Channel 2 reported last week that police were expected to close the case without filing charges against Olmert. Early last week more than 100 National Fraud Squad (NFS) investigators searched nearly 20 government offices, looking for evidence in three investigations against Olmert. The NFS carried out near-simultaneous raids as employees arrived for work. Plainclothes detectives scanned files, removed documents and computer hard drives, and carried them out of the buildings in a long procession of brown cardboard boxes. Rebecca Anna Stoil and Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.

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