Ehud Olmert 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday denied he took cash donations from American philanthropist Morris Talansky.
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Olmert made the denial during his testimony in court regarding the
"Talansky Affair," in which the former prime minister allegedly received
cash contributions from Talansky and stashed them in his safe without
declaring them to the Tax Authority.
never happened. This is a totally baseless claim," Olmert said.
"Talansky is saying things that are make-believe, they are nonsense."
described his relationship with Talansky, saying "We had a personal
relationship. I was grateful to him. He has charm, he is communicative, a
social man, he knows how to make contacts, how to talk, how to show
appreciation. There was a certain chemistry."
In his own testimony in court last week, Talansky confirmed to police
that he transferred $30,000 to Olmert’s brother, Yossi, in November 2004.
connection between Talansky and Yossi Olmert emerged indirectly when
sources close to Olmert revealed the transcript of a police
interrogation of Talansky that took place on May 24.
interrogators presented him with a copy of the bank transfer, Talansky
said, “I see the document. I don’t remember this transfer. Olmert must
have given me the money to transfer or something...I had no business
giving Yossi Olmert $30,000.”Ron Friedman contributed to this report.