Rishon Tours Hearing Set for February

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz scheduled the hearing in the Rishon Tours case against outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for February.

Olmert's legal team had requested postponing the hearing until May, but Mazuz said they've had adequate time to review the documentation in the five months since the investigation began.

"Out of familiarity with the material and its scope, it is our assessment that this is a reasonable period [of time], which allows you to prepare adequately for the hearing," a letter from Raz Nizri, the attorney general's assistant, stated.

In November, Mazuz said he expected to indict Olmert in this case, one of several ongoing investigations against the outgoing prime minister.

The hearing is the last-ditch effort for Olmert's legal team to convince the State Prosecutor's Office that he should not be indicted.

The Rishon Tours case, also known as Olmerttours, involves multiple billing of various public institutions for official trips abroad and using the excess to pay for personal travel.

Source: Haaretz

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