Ex-Israeli PM Indicted in Three Cases

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Pending a final hearing, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is facing an indictment that incorporates three separate corruption cases.

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz filed charges against the former prime minister on Sunday, which include allegations of fraud, tax evasion, breach of public trust and falsifying corporate records.

Olmert is the nation's first prime minister to be indicted on criminal offenses.

The three cases cited in the indictment include the Talansky affair, also known as the "cash-stuffed envelopes case;" the Rishon Tours multiple-billing case, sometimes referred to as Olmerttours; and the Investment Center case, which dates to 2002 when Olmert served as industry and trade minister in the Sharon government.

Mazuz named Olmert's former bureau chief, Shula Zaken, in the indictment, which also alleges that she recorded conversations between Olmert and other politicians and ministers without informing them.

In response to the indictment, Olmert's attorneys said the indictment showed them they were right  "to refuse to attend a hearing with the attorney general and the state prosecution."

According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, the trial could last up to four years, not including appeals to the Supreme Court.

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