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Israeli Police will question Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this week on allegations that he tried to help billionaire friends in the sale of Bank Leumi before becoming prime minister, Channel 10 reported Saturday.
Police will question Olmert for several hours on Monday in Jerusalem, at his residence or office, Channel 10 TV reported.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld and a spokesman for Olmert did not immediately comment.
Police suspect that Olmert, as finance minister in 2005, tried to influence the sale of the government's controlling interest in one of the country's largest financial institutions.
Police are investigating whether Olmert intervened - unsuccessfully - in the sale to help two associates, Australian real estate developer Frank Lowy and American billionaire S. Daniel Abraham. Police have questioned Lowy in the case.
The case is one of several corruption investigations, including several involving real estate deals that have dogged Olmert since he was elected last year.
In addition, the state comptroller has charged that Olmert as trade minister in 2001 used his influence to steer a government grant to a colleague. The agency recommended that the attorney general open a criminal case.
Olmert has not been charged with any crime and has denied wrongdoing in all the cases that have emerged against him.