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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Olmert to be indicted in Talansky affair

Attorney General Manny Mazuz announced this evening that pending a hearing, he intends to indict eventually resigning Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert for accepting bribes receiving 'illicit funds' from his laundryman, Morris Talansky.
The indictment would include counts of fraud, breach of public trust and receiving illicit funds from US businessman Moshe Talansky. The attorney-general did not, however, find evidence of bribery.

"The prime minister exploited his position and public standing," Mazuz said of his decision. "He actively obscured the true nature of his relation with Talansky, including from the State Comptroller's Office."

Mazuz had already come to a decision to indict Olmert on charges stemming from the Rishon Tours affair, pending the outcome of a hearing he will offer Olmert and his lawyers.

Olmert's spokesman Amir Dan responded to Mazuz's announcement recent with a harsh invective against Israel's legal system.

"The Attorney General's Office continues to flaunt Talansky's first fraudulent testimony," he said in an announcement.

"The attorney's office cannot afford admitting today that the irregular procedure of [Talansky's] early testimony, which led to the resignation of an Israeli prime minister, was wrong and fundamentally mistaken, and there was no justification for it to take place," continued Dan.


At 12:20 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Ehud Olmert thinks he above the law.

He's entitled to his day in court but his attitude is the reason Israelis have a low opinion of their politicians.

How many police interrogations has the man sat through? 15 and counting.

At 7:56 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Friday was # 16 and it dealt with his mansion on Cremieux Street and not with Talansky. He may yet be indicted for that as well.


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