Indictment Likely in 'Olmerttours' Case

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following some four hours of discussion Thursday, Israel police say they have sufficient proof in the 'Olmerttours' case, also known as the Rishon Tours case, to recommend an indictment of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Israel police plan to meet again Sunday to continue collating evidence to present to the State Attorney's office next week.

Police plan to further analyze the "cash envelopes" case involving money transfers to Olmert from American business Morris Talansky, as well as the "Investment Centers" case for alleged patronage and cronyism.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss issued a report detailing Olmert's directives to his aides while minister of industry, trade and labor, which "bent the law" to benefit his associates.

The report focuses on the Aquaria project, a proposed recreational park north of Eilat, Israel's southernmost resort city, reflecting similar behavior in three other cases against Olmert - the Silicut factory, the Marina Group and Coca-Cola Israel.

"These cases join similar occurrences in which trade minister Olmert intervened directly or via his aides in Investments Center dealings," the state comptroller wrote.

"In all the incidents, the minister's aides apparently intervened in response to his instructions. This is 'a system' adopted by the minister's aides," the report stated.

While it appears that Olmert judiciously covered his tracks, the report concludes that he illegally interfered with government procedure to manipulate Investment Center officials to follow his directives in issuing government grants.

Source: Haaretz

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