Olmert questioned over fraud case for 4 hours

Israeli police have questioned Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, for four hours as a witness in a bribery investigation against a personal aide.

Olmert questioned over fraud case for 4 hours
Israeli police have questioned Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, for four hours as a witness in a bribery investigation against a personal aide.

Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said on Tuesday that Olmert was questioned by a unit in charge of bribery investigations. He said Olmert was not a suspect in the case against Shula Zaken.

Police suspect that Zaken, Olmert's personal assistant, arranged jobs in the Israeli tax authority in return for tax breaks for her brother.

The case is part of a wider investigation against senior tax officials who are suspected of granting tax breaks to businessmen in exchange for bribes.

Zaken has been suspended from her job for six months while police conduct their investigation.

Never charged

"The prime minister gave testimony today to police concerning his period of minister of finance," an official in Olmert's office said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Olmert served as finance minister before becoming prime minister in January last year.

During his long political career, Olmert has been dogged by allegations of corruption, but never charged.

Currently, police are investigating his property dealings and his role in the government's sale of a majority interest in a bank while he was finance minister in 2005.

Olmert's finance minister has been accused of embezzlement and his justice minister resigned and was convicted of sexual misconduct for forcibly kissing a young female soldier.

During a recent interview, Olmert complained that he felt that he and his associates were being hounded by a "platoon of investigators".
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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