PM's Legal Team Opts for Hearing

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's legal team has requested a hearing on the Rishon Tours case, also known as "Olmerttours."

The Rishon Tours case accuses Olmert of multiple billing of official trips abroad and allegedly pocketing the excess cash to finance family vacations and other private travel.

In November, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz announced that he would indict Olmert in the Rishon Tours case, pending a hearing, for fraud, breach of public trust, falsifying corporate documents, and tax evasion, among other charges.

Olmert's attorneys asked to postpone the hearing until May, saying they need time to review the evidence against their client.

The hearing provides one last chance to present their case before the attorney general issues an indictment.

Mazuz closed one case against Olmert last month, but several more remain open, including the "cash envelopes" case, involving the alleged receipt of $150,000 in cash-stuffed envelopes from American Jewish businessman Morris Talansky.

The attorney general has yet to decide on whether to grant a postponement of the hearing until May.

Source: Haaretz

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