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Middle east

Police seek third fraud charge against Olmert

Latest update : 2009-03-05

Israeli police have recommended that outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert be indicted on a third fraud charge. Authorities earlier announced that they would press charges on two previous corruption allegations dating from 2003 to 2006.

AFP - Israeli police recommended on Thursday that outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert be indicted on yet another graft case after authorities had announced plans to press charges over two other scandals.
The anti-fraud unit recommended that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz indict Olmert for fraud and breach of trust for allegedly granting preferential treatment to a factory represented by a friend of his, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
The recommendation does not bind the attorney general and state prosecutor, who will decide in the coming months whether to indict Olmert, a judicial source said.
The claim dates back to the time when Olmert was trade and industry minister from 2003 to 2006.
Mazuz has previously notified Olmert of his intention to charge him over two separate allegations that he multiply billed foreign trips and that he unlawfully accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from US financier Morris Talansky.
All claims date back to the time when Olmert was minister and before that Jerusalem mayor from 1993 to 2003.
Olmert, who insists he is innocent but stepped down on September 21, will remain as acting prime minister until a new government is formed.
He has been questioned by police 16 times since the May 2 emergence of the first case involving Talansky.

Date created : 2009-03-05