PM under microscope for Bank Leumi shares scandal

A special team of state prosecutors has been working for the past several weeks to determine whether or not to open a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's suspected intervention in the government tender for the sale of the controlling interest in Bank Leumi stock, Channel 1's "Mabat" news program revealed on Tuesday. According to "Mabat," the police have obtained and submitted to the attorneys assigned to the case incriminating evidence against the prime minister. Furthermore, the report said, Olmert is only one of several suspects. State Comptrollers Micha Lindenstrauss is expected to publish in mid-January reports on a number of corruption cases in which Olmert is allegedly involved. Aside from the Bank Leumi shares scandal, an investigation is being conducted into a number of real estate deals that may have been conducted illegitimately, including the purchase of Olmert's home on Rehov Cremieux in Jerusalem.