Alfred Akirov named as suspect who paid Zaken thousands of shekels

Akirov's company employed Zaken in high paying position throughout Olmert investigation.

Olmert, Zaken 370 (photo credit: Pool / Olivia Fitosi)
Olmert, Zaken 370
(photo credit: Pool / Olivia Fitosi)
Alfred Akirov was named as the suspect who payed Shula Zaken tens of thousands of shekels for her silence during the investigation into allegations against former prime minister Ehud Olmert, Israel Radio reported on Friday.
Akirov's company Alrov has been behind a number of large building projects in Jerusalem, including the Mamilla Mall complex. The project was already in the works while Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem.
Alrov Co. confirmed that the company employed Zaken in a marketing position for hotel events with a paycheck of 12,000 NIS a month.
Israel Radio reported that her employment at Alrov began shortly after the investigation was opened against Olmert, and that her position was terminated with the death of state witness Shmuel Dachner.
Olmert and Zaken were convicted of bribery offenses earlier this week in the Holyland court case.
The report also stated that the police intend to investigate a second suspect, a lawyer who allegedly tried to convince Zaken to refrain from testifying against Olmert.