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The state on Sunday indicated that it might change its mind and press charges
against Uri Messer, former prime minister Ehud Olmert’s one-time attorney and
close friend, regarding two of the matters for which Olmert is currently
standing trial – the Talansky affair and the Investment Center
Messer, who allegedly gave the police crucial information
regarding Olmert’s conduct in both cases, was not charged in either one, even
though he was deeply involved in both.
Now, however, Messer is under
investigation on suspicion of having accepted bribes, and passing
bribes to Olmert, who was then mayor of Jerusalem, in the Holyland
broke several months ago. The affair is still under investigation and no
have been pressed so far.
Olmert is suspected of having agreed to
drastically increase the building rights of the owners of the Holyland
change its land use to residential housing instead of tourism, thus
the value of the land.
Before the Holyland affair hit the headlines, and
in the wake of the state’s decision not to indict Messer in the Talansky
Investment Center affairs, the watchdog organization Ometz petitioned
Court of Justice, demanding that he be put on trial.
The state indicated
on Sunday that it may yet do so.
“At this time, there is a broad police
investigation that is connected also to the affairs referred to in the
petition,” the state’s representative, attorney Tadmor Etzion, told the
“So far, the investigation of the affair in all its aspects has not yet
completed and no decision has yet been taken regarding [Messer].”
Talansky affair, Messer is believed to have served as a private banker
Olmert, who allegedly received cash contributions from New York
Morris Talansky and perhaps from others and stashed them in Messer’s
without declaring them to the tax authorities.
In the other affair,
Olmert is accused of having given favorable treatment to entrepreneurs
government subsidies for industrial projects who were represented by