Police head to US to push PM probe

Israel Radio: Investigators to conduct inquiries at offices, banks, hotels; will question Olmert's son.

talansky court 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
talansky court 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Police say investigators have left for the US to question people in connection with the corruption probe involving Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the investigators flew to the US on Monday and are expected to be there about two weeks. He had no further details. Israel Radio reported that the officers would conduct inquiries at offices, banks and hotels in New York, Washington and Las Vegas. The radio station also said they planned to question the prime minister's son, Shaul Olmert. The key witness in the case is Jewish American businessman Morris Talansky. He has testified to giving the premier hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. No charges have been filed yet in the case, and Olmert denies wrongdoing. Potential charges mentioned by the prosecution include fraud and breach of faith, tax evasion and violation of the 'gifts law,' preventing public servants from accepting anything more than a token gift. Dan Izenberg contributed to this report