Dichter denies calling to freeze Olmert investigation until end of term Staff
Public Security Minister Avi Dichter denied on Tuesday morning that he had suggested halting the investigation against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert until the end of his term in office. In an interview with Army Radio, Dichter emphasized that the statement, which was published in Ha'aretz on Tuesday, referred only to future prime ministers and not to the current one. Following the publication, Labor MKs Ophir Paz-Pines and Shelly Yacimovich demanded that Dichter resign if he planned to stop the criminal probe against Olmert in the Bank Leumi tender and Jerusalem apartment cases. "The moment that a minister who is responsible for the police takes the position that the prime minister should not be investigated during his term in office, he can no longer remain in his post," Pines told Army Radio.
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