Police Recommend Indicting Olmert

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Police National Fraud Unit announced Sunday their recommendation to indict Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for fraud, bribery, breach of public trust, and several related charges.

The indictments involved two of the six cases open against Olmert. The first is the Talansky case, also known as the cash-envelopes case -- in which Olmert received cash gifts adding up to $150,000 from American businessman Morris Talansky.

The second case involves allegations that Olmert cross-billed a number of public institutions, including the Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, and pocketed the excess to pay for family trips abroad.

Police also recommended charging Olmert's former business partner and close personal friend attorney Uri Messer for his involvement in the Talansky affair.

Investigators also have submitted a request for indictment of Olmert's former bureau chief Sheila Zaken, who has chosen to remain silent.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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