Former Israeli finance minister indicted over corruption

Former finance minister, a stalwart of the ruling Kadima party and a close ally of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, stepped down last year, a year after he was appointed.

Former Israeli finance minister indicted over corruption
Israeli prosecutors indicted former finance minister Avraham Hirchson on Wednesday on charges of theft, fraud and breach of trust, the latest in a string of corruption probes against top officials.

Hirchson, a stalwart of the ruling Kadima party and a close ally of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, stepped down last year, a year after he was appointed.

A Tel Aviv court charged Hirchson with stealing about 2.5 million shekels ($765,000) while serving as the head of the National Workers' Organisation trade union between 1998 and 2005. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Olmert is also under criminal investigation, which threatens to drive him from office.

Olmert has denied any wrongdoing and rejected calls that he step aside over allegations he took envelopes stuffed with cash from a U.S. businessman.

Olmert has said he would resign if indicted.

Reuters

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