Olmert takes to the stand in ongoing corruption trial

Former PM begins testifying at J'lem court over charges he double-billed nonprofits and accepted money from US businessman.

May 31, 2011 08:32
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Former prime minister Ehud Olmert.

Ehud Olmert 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday arrived at the Jerusalem District Court to begin his testimony in the corruption trial against him.

On Monday, the court rejected Olmert's request to delay his testimony by two weeks for medical reasons.

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Sources close to the former prime minister said he does not plan to fight the prosecution while on the witness stand.

The trial is set to examine charges that Olmert doubled-billed voluntary and other public organizations, as well as the state, and used the extra money to finance private trips for himself and his family.

The Olmert trial originally began with the Talansky Affair, in which the former prime minister is accused of accepting large sums of money from US businessman Moshe Talansky without reporting the income.

Dan Izenberg contributed to this report.

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