Police Question Olmert for Eighth Time

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Police detectives arrived at outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's Jerusalem residence Thursday morning for the eighth round of questioning related to investigations on corruption charges.

While police have concluded investigations on two cases -- the Morris Talansky affair, in which the Prime Minister allegedly received tens of thousands of dollars in cash gifts, and the Olmerttours affair, in which travel charges for the same trips abroad were double and triple billed, with the extra cash used to finance private family trips.

Today's questioning focused primarily on two other investigations -- the Cremieux affair, which alleges that Olmert purchased his home for well below market value in exchange for favors to the builder, and the Investment Center scandal, in which Olmert directed tens of millions in government funding to a Silicate factory in Dimona, represented by his close friend, business partner and personal attorney Uri Messer.

In addition to recommending indictment for the Talanksy and Olmerttours affairs, the police say they also have sufficient evidence to warrant indictments for Uri Messer and for Olmert's former bureau chief, Shula Zaken.

Today's round of questioning is the first since Olmert submitted his resignation two weeks ago, leaving him as temporary head of an interim government until Foreign Minister Tzipi either forms a new coalition or the country holds general elections.

Sources: YNet news, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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