Olmert Consents to Further Interrogation

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's attorneys will allow their client to be interrogated for a fourth time next Friday.

The announcement came shortly after Attorney General Menachem (Meni) Mazuz delivered a letter to the High Court of Justice sharply criticizing the prime minister for refusing to cooperate with police.

Mazuz was responding to a petition, submitted to the court by journalist Yoav Yitzhak, asking that Olmert be suspended pending the outcome of investigations against him.

"The police have met considerable difficulties in setting dates to interrogate the prime minister and in setting the length of the sessions," Mazuz wrote.

"These are difficulties never experienced in the past with other public officials [under investigation]," he stated.

"The prime minister needs to make himself available to the interrogators when asked to do so, in accordance with the investigation and within an appropriate amount of time," Mazuz wrote.

"The situation in which a prime minister sits in office while multiple criminal investigations are being conducted against him is likely to raise questions regarding his ability to fill his post, both in regard to his ability to devote the necessary time and energy to his position under these circumstances and in regard to the damaging of the public's trust," the attorney general wrote.

"At this juncture, the question of the prime minister's suspension is not a judicial question but rather one for the prime minister and for the political system," Mazuz concluded.

Sources: YNet news, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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