Police Wrapping Up Olmert Investigations

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Police are close to consolidating their findings on six investigations against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Chief investigator Yochanan Danino met Thursday with lead detectives to discuss the information and prepare their findings to hand over to the State Attorney's Office early next week.

It is widely assumed that police have accrued enough evidence to recommend an indictment.

Of the six investigations, the best known is the Talansky affair, which involves the transfer of $150,000 in cash-stuffed envelopes from American businessman Morris Talansky.

A second case, dubbed Olmerttours, involves multiple billing of public institutions for Olmert's trips abroad, with the excess funds allegedly used to finance family trips.

Other allegations include the purchase of the family's private residence in Jerusalem for well below market value in exchange for favors, and similar improprieties during his tenure as Industry, Trade and Labor minister.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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