Police Schedule 9th Session with Olmert

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Police Fraud Unit detectives will again grill outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at his Jerusalem residence Friday morning. It is the second session since Olmert resigned as prime minister.

Police would not provide the media with details of Friday's session.

"The National Fraud Unit never releases information about an investigation before it takes place," a police spokesman said Wednesday. "All I will say is that the ninth investigation is moving forward and it will take place on Friday," he said.

Police have opened six separate cases against the outgoing prime minister, involving corruption, fraud, breach of public trust, and bribery.

Police have recommended indicting Olmert in two of the six cases: the Talansky affair, in which Olmert allegedly received tens of thousands of dollars in cash-stuffed envelopes over a period of years; and the Rishon Tours affair, also known as Olmerttours, involving multiple billing of public associations for official trips abroad, with the overflow allegedly used to fund family vacations.

Two other cases involve Olmert's purchase of his private residence on Cremieux Street for well below market value during his tenure as mayor of Jerusalem in exchange for granting favors to the developer.

Another investigation, dubbed the Investment Center case, alleges that Olmert funneled nearly 8 million shekels to business associates while serving as Industry, Trade and Labor minister in the Sharon government.

Olmert's name recently came up during the trial of his former finance minister, Avraham Hirschon, charged with embezzlement, fraud, mishandling of public funds and breach of trust.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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