Olmert arriving at trial 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert testified Tuesday for the sixth time
at the Jerusalem District Court over his alleged double and triple
booking of flights in what has become known as the Rishon Tours affair,
named after a travel organization he often booked with. RELATED:Olmert continues to deny part in Rishon Tours affair Olmert: I didn't book my flights, was 'unaware' of my miles
In this round of questioning, Judge Yaakov Tzaban pressed Olmert on
flight 11 in the indictment, taken November 2004 to the US, where the
former prime minister allegedly received a refund from the
American-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) for the flight despite it having been paid
for by the Industry Trade and Labor Ministry. On that same trip, Olmert
admitted to personally upgrading his seat to first class.
Olmert denies direct involvement in double billing affair
Judge Tzaban asked Olmert why he had requested Rachel Rizby-Ray, his travel
coordinator, to pay for his first class ticket in personal funds if he
had accumulated the adequate frequent-flyer miles.
Judge Mosia Arad pressed Olmert further on the issue, asking the former
prime minister why Rizby-Ray needed to arrange details on a flight paid
for by the Industry Trade and Labor Ministry with him at all.
Olmert responded that Rizby-Ray must have come to him because she was
confused. He said that of the 70 flights he had booked with her, he
remembers two such incidents where she sought his help.
The former prime minister allegedly received $9,600 from the US organization for that flight.