Olmert's Attorneys Accuse Witness, Police

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's attorneys accused American businessman Morris Talansky of lying and the state prosecutor's office of leaking information to the press.

In the fourth day of grueling cross-examination, attorney Nevot Tel-Tzur repeatedly accused Talansky of lying to the court as the team continued its efforts to discredit Talanksy's testimony.

"I'd appreciate if you didn't call me a liar," Talanksy told attorney Eli Zohar, on Sunday, when asked if his testimony was truth or a lie.

Monday's testimony focused on large sums of money transferred from Talansky's company, Israel Developments, Ltd., to Olmert's friend, lawyer and former business partner Uri Messer.

Meanwhile, National Fraud Unit detectives returned from the US with documentation relating to the newest allegations against Olmert -- of double and triple billing public institutions, including Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Soldiers Welfare Association and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.

The three-man investigative team was dispatched in June to document bank withdrawals and transfers by Talansky, which were given to Olmert, Messer or to Shula Zaken, Olmert's former bureau chief, secretary and confidant.

Up until now, Zaken has steadfastly refused to answer questions on cash transactions from Talansky, but police believe she may be ready to testify.

"I think there's going to be a turnaround with Zaken soon," Cmdr. (ret.) Moshe Mizrachi told The Jerusalem Post.

"I don't believe she will continue to be willing to pay for this alone. Otherwise, she will take the fall for this affair and after a lengthy trial process could end up in jail," Mizrachi said.

"It would be a kamikaze act by her to remain silent, especially since her own notes document handling Talansky's money," he said.

Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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