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Olmert denies bribery accusations, slams investigation

Responding to an announcement Monday by the state prosecutor that former prime minister Ehud Olmert would be indicted for bribery, a spokesman released a statement denying the charges and criticizing the lengthy investigation.
The statement said that the former prime minister "has clearly stated that he never accepted bribes, neither directly nor indirectly and he stands behind this statement today." The spokesperson asserted that "no claims by the prosecution will change this fact."
The statement went on to classify the entire affair as a "media circus that began long before he was asked even one question," and as an "Arabian Nights tale born in the mind of the state's witness."
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