Friday, August 29, 2008

Olmert questioned for seventh time over alleged corruption

JERUSALEM, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was questioned by police for the seventh time on Friday over his alleged corruption, local daily newspaper Jerusalem Post reported.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld was quoted as saying Olmert was questioned for two and a half hours over a house he bought in Jerusalem's upper-class Cremieux Street before becoming the prime minister.
Police suspect the premier has received the house at a discount in exchange for promoting a Jerusalem construction project while he was the city's mayor.
Rosenfeld said Olmert's wife, Aliza, was also questioned for the first time in connection with the probes targeting the premier.
Also on Friday, Olmert's lawyers requested to postpone the next round of questioning against the Jewish American millionaire Morris Talansky, who allegedly illegally gave Olmert "money envelopes" to support his campaign when he was still the mayor, until the conclusion of a federal investigation against Talansky in the United States.
The premier was questioned by national fraud squad investigators at his official residence for three hours last Friday morning, which was the sixth time Olmert has been interrogated so far since the "money envelopes" scandal went public in May.
Olmert denies any wrongdoing in any of the cases, all tracing back to the period before he became prime minister in 2006.
Embroiled in the series of probes, Olmert announced late July that he would resign as soon as a new leader of his ruling Kadima party is elected. He has also said that he would step down if indicted.

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