Police to question PM Tuesday on Bank Leumi tender

October 8, 2007 23:36


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The police will on Tuesday question Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for the first time about his actions regarding a public tender that was being prepared for the state's controlling stake in Bank Leumi in 2005, when he served as finance minister. Olmert is under investigation on suspicion that he interfered with the terms of the sale to make it more attractive to a personal friend, Australian businessman Frank Lowy. In the end, Lowy did not bid for shares in the bank. The investigation began on January 16. Israel Police officers questioned Lowy in Australia in early May. Olmert, who has cleared his calendar for the session, has denied any impropriety.

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