Police: Friday Session to Focus on 'Olmertours'

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Police National Fraud Unit detectives will hold a fourth session with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Friday morning at his Jerusalem residence.

"The investigation continues as normal," a spokeswoman for the National Fraud Unit said.

"Detectives will question Olmert on Friday at his residence, irrespective [of his resignation announcement Wednesday evening]," she said.

Friday's session is expected to focus on the latest of six investigations opened against Olmert since he assumed the premiership.

Dubbed "Olmertours," the case involves alleged double and triple billing for Olmert's trips abroad by Rishon Tours, the travel agency used by the Olmert family, with the leftover funds used to pay for family excursions.

"The police have so much material relating to Olmert, it gives you a headache to look at it," said Deputy Commander (ret.) Boaz Guttman, former chief investigator for the National Fraud Unit.

"Right now, there is enough material for a sure conviction of fraud and a violation of public trust," he said.

Meanwhile, Friday's session may prove to be one the most difficult interrogations ever faced by the prime minister.

"The investigation Friday is expected to be difficult and uncomfortable for Olmert," law enforcement officials said, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz.

"He will be confronted with evidence and documents that have accumulated against him, and it is a fair assumption that he already understands that this involves substantive evidence," they said.

According to law enforcement officials, the substantial evidence collected in the 'Olmertours' investigation make it highly probable that the prime minister will be indicted.

Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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