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Olmert faces fraud probe

Authorities suspect that when Ehud Olmert was finance minister in 2005, he tried to influence the sale of the government's controlling interest in Bank Leumi to favour two associates.

  • Agencies
  • Published: 10:07 October 7, 2007
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AP
  • Police said that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would be questioned in his office over corruption allegations.

Occupied Jerusalem: Israeli police will question Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday in the Bank Leumi case—one of two cases in which the Israeli leader is being investigated on suspicion of corruption.

Police said Sunday that Olmert would be questioned in his office.

The prime minister has been dogged by corruption allegations throughout his three-decade political career but never has been convicted. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Authorities suspect that when Olmert was finance minister in 2005, he tried to influence the sale of the government's controlling interest in Bank Leumi to favour two associates.

Last month, Israel's attorney general ordered police to launch a separate investigation into allegations Olmert bought a home from a developer at well below market value—in return for helping the developer obtain construction permits.

State comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, a government watchdog, also has accused Olmert of using his influence to steer a government grant to a colleague in 2001, when he was trade minister. Suspicions also have clouded two other real estate deals in which Olmert has been involved.

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