Gaydamak accuses police of persecution, says he'll 'beat Olmert'

Billionaire Arkadi Gaydamak on Monday lashed out at the police and judges, claiming that they were trying to cut short his political career by investigating him for alleged corruption. "This is nothing less than the personal persecution of police and judges against me," he said at the entrance to the headquarters of the police's Serious and International Crime Unit in Petah Tikva. "I am not only fighting for myself but for all of justice in Israel." The aspiring politician also referred to his fledgling political party, "Justice for Pensioners", which has come under criticism for luring away three MKs from the Gil pensioners' party. "They are trying to deny me the possibility of entering politics," he said, declaring that "Despite the persecution I'll win, and in the upcoming elections I will also beat Prime Minister Ehud Olmert."