Police question Olmert in Holyland case

Olmert spends 8 hours with investigators in third session for case.

By JPOST.COM STAFF,
July 11, 2010 16:56
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Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

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The third day of questioning with former prime minister in connection with the Holy Land case Ehud Olmert was concluded by police investigators from the National Fraud Unit in Lod on Sunday.

Sunday's session lasted eight hours and continued to focus on suspicions that the former prime minister received bribe money from the project developers from his former aide, Shula Zaken, and his bother, Yossi Olmert, who currently resides in the US.

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A million shekels in bribes was passed on to former prime minister Ehud Olmert by Zaken, police said in May during a remand hearing held for Zaken at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court.

Zaken allegedly took hundreds of thousands of shekels in bribes for herself from property developers backing the Holyland real estate development in Jerusalem, as well as jewelry worth tens of thousands of shekels and a painting worth approximately NIS 5,000, the police representative to court said.

In exchange, police think, Zaken worked to ensure that businessmen such as Hillel Charni, suspected of paying tens of millions of shekels in bribes, had an “open door” to Olmert as Jerusalem mayor and minister of trade, industry and labor, resulting in the approval of an enlarged Holyland project and huge profits for its developers.

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