JERUSALEM, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Former Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted Sunday afternoon over alleged corruption
File photo taken on Jan. 17, 2009 shows
then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaking at a press conference in
Tel Aviv, Israel. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted
on August 30 on corruption charges.
The indictment, filed by the State Prosecutor's
Office, focuses on three cases allegedly conducted when Olmert was Jerusalem
mayor and trade minister, local news service Ynet reported.
The former prime minister is suspected of accepting
cash envelopes from American businessman Morris Talansky, double-billing for the
same trips from various nonprofit and state agencies, and arranging investment
opportunities for a former confidant.
The charges facing Olmert include fraud, breach of
trust and failure to report income, local daily Ha'aretz quoted the Justice
Ministry as saying in a statement.
U.S. businessman Morris Talansky (L)
appears at the centre of a bribery case against former Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert, in Jerusalem District Court on June 28, 2009 to
resume his testimony. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Olmert, forced to resign last year in the midst of a
series of corruption and fraud allegations against him, had denied any
wrongdoing in all the cases.
Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz last month
decided to close a case against the former prime minister over his purchase of
an upscale house in Jerusalem due to lack of evidence.
Israeli attorney general closes real
estate case against Olmert
JERUSALEM, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Attorney General
Menachem Mazuz decided to close a case against former Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert over his purchase of an upscale house in Jerusalem due to lack of
evidence, said the Justice Ministry Monday.
Mazuz held a hearing with several prosecutors and
attorneys on the case, in which Olmert allegedly bought the house at the
Jerusalem's Cremieux Street at a substantial discount in 2004 with offering
favors to the builder in return. Full story