Court Delays Talansky's Departure

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - The High Court extended the order preventing American millionaire Morris Talansky from leaving Israel until midday Monday.

Investigators from Israel Police National Fraud Unit said they're continuing to collect evidence showing that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pocketed large amounts of Talansky's donations for his personal use.

"Talansky transferred money to Olmert for personal use and not just for campaign expenses," a senior law enforcement official said.

"Since Olmert became prime minister and up until this day, he has failed to register or declare the funds he received from Talansky," he said.

"Olmert said the money went to cover deficits, but he has shown no proof of that. Some fictitious accounts may also be involved," the official said.

The second interrogation of the prime minister by National Fraud Unit detectives is set for Friday morning.

Last Wednesday, the courts lifted the gag order on the investigation, allowing the media to report on some of the findings.

Police confiscated journals from Olmert's former secretary and bureau chief, Shula Zaken, detailing meetings and dates with Talansky when funds changed hands and Olmert received envelopes of cash for his personal use.

In a separate matter, the prime minister's close friend and former finance minister in his coalition, Avraham Hirchson, was indicted for theft, fraud, money laundering and breach of trust at the beginning of the month.

Sources: YNet, The Jerusalem Post

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