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Israeli police to question Australian billionaire in Olmert ...

Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson is under investigation in an embezzlement case and has suspended himself from office, while Olmert's longtime office manager was placed under house arrest on suspicions she helped arrange government jobs in return for tax breaks.
Tzvee's Blog: Olmert Investigation Identity Revealed by NY Post

I. LINK By KATE SHEEHYMay 6, 2008 -- A Long Island mogul is at the center of a sensational bribery scandal that could bring down embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, The Post has learned.Millionaire financier Morris Talansky - who runs an investment firm out of his tony home in Woodmere - allegedly passed money to Olmert while the politician was mayor of Jerusalem in the '90s, sources said.In a highly unusual move, Israeli authorities have barred the country's media from publishing Talansky's name - revealed now in The Post - saying it could hamper their investigation.Israeli media has referred only to the involvement of an "American businessman."Talansky is apparently set to sing to Israeli authorities about his alleged role in the scheme, sources said."It looks serious, and it looks like they have a state witness" in Talansky, one source said. Talansky - a philanthropist and political contributor to everyone from Rudy Giuliani to Bill Clinton - is in Jerusalem, where he has an apartment, preparing to head to a closed-door court hearing as early as today, sources said.

Olmert Investigation Identity Revealed by NY Post
_6987140 Israel's AG orders Olmert investigation - Carlsbad Current-Argus

Jerusalem - Israel's attorney general on Monday ordered police to open a criminal investigation into allegations that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert fraudulently purchased a Jerusalem home well below market value.

Attorney General Meni Mazuz ordered the investigation at the recommendation of the state comptroller, a government watchdog agency that suspects Olmert bought the house from a Jerusalem developer "at a discount," the Justice Ministry said.Olmert, a former mayor of Jerusalem, was a government minister at the time of the 2004 sale.

This is the second criminal investigation launched against Olmert since he became prime minister in May 2006.The other probe concerns suspicions that Olmert, as finance minister in 2005, tried to influence the sale of the government's controlling interest in the country's second-largest bank, Bank Leumi, to favor two associates.
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Israeli police investigators raided a ministerial building Tuesday and seized documents related to a fraud investigation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a police spokesman said.

Authorities raided municipal offices in Jerusalem on Monday as part of a fraud investigation involving Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, police said.

Israeli police investigators raided a ministerial building Tuesday and seized documents related to a fraud investigation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a police spokesman said.

Authorities raided municipal offices in Jerusalem on Monday as part of a fraud investigation involving Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, police said.

Israel's attorney general has ordered police to carry out a criminal investigation into the purchase of a Jerusalem home by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, a statement by the Justice Ministry said.
_police_to_launch_new_olmert_investigation/? Israeli police to launch new Olmert investigation -

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's attorney-general ordered police on Sunday to launch a new criminal investigation into Ehud Olmert's conduct in government before he became prime minister.

Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz said in a statement that the latest investigation would focus on Olmert's tenure as minister of industry, trade and labor.

A statement issued by Olmert's office said that the new investigation was "needless" and that it would ultimately lead nowhere.

The investigation was the latest to target Olmert, whom police questioned last week over suspicions that he, as finance minister, tailored a sale offer for state-owned Bank Leumi to favor a friend.

Another investigation is focused on whether Olmert received a discount on the price of a home he purchased in return for using his influence in Jerusalem's city hall to speed up building permits for the contractor who sold it to him.
Police quiz U.S. tycoon Sheldon Adelson as part of Olmert probe ...

The investigation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert continued on Tuesday to focus on the search for any quid pro quo that Olmert might have provided to U.S. businessman Morris Talansky in exchange for the hundreds of thousands of dollars he is suspected of giving to Olmert.

Israeli law-enforcement authorities on Tuesday confirmed that both Adelson and Abraham were questioned by police in connection with the investigation but emphasized that they are not suspects and that their statements were intended to establish Olmert's pattern of behavior and that he acted in Talansky's favor.

Earlier on Tuesday, detectives from the police's National Fraud Unit raided offices at the Trade and Industry Ministry in their widening search for a paper trail showing the alleged money trail between Talansky and Olmert.Police did not raid the minister's office, as they did in a previous search in a different Olmert investigation, focusing instead on the ministry's correspondence archive.
Police raid office in Olmert investigation FP Passport

"At present, the investigation is clearly focusing on the period when Olmert served as the minister of industry, trade and labor," the official said, adding that investigators may yet expand their probe to cover the period during which Talansky raised funds for Olmert's various election campaigns."The investigators have solid information regarding envelopes of cash that were handed over to Olmert, and there is no information regarding the fate of that money."

Bush will arrive in Israel tomorrow and plans to meet with Olmert.Asked about the investigation today, he described the Israeli prime minister as "an honest man, an open man, a guy easy to talk to and somebody who understands the vision necessary for Israelis' security."
Olmert under fire as scandals rock Israel - World -

Israel's state comptroller - the official responsible for monitoring governmental abuse - was yesterday reported to have called for a criminal investigation into the appointment of three supporters of Mr Olmert's then party, Likud, to paid government posts.
Police raid trade ministry in Olmert case - Israel-Palestinians ...

A poll Monday said six of 10 Israelis think Olmert is not capable of promoting peace with the Palestinians because of the investigation. Sixty percent of those polled also said they don’t believe Olmert’s claim that he didn’t funnel money into his own pocket. The survey had a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

An Israeli police official said investigators are looking into many allegations against Olmert, including possible money laundering, accepting bribes and campaign finance violations.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing, said the case is looking at a 12-year period.
The Associated Press: Report: NY businessman linked to probe of ...

Y. (AP) — A New York-area businessman and philanthropist has emerged as a key figure in an Israeli investigation into financial dealings of Ehud Olmert that have cast a new cloud over the embattled prime minister.

The investigation, which emerged last week, threatens to embarrass Olmert as the country marks its 60th anniversary of independence on Thursday. Dozens of world leaders, including President Bush, are scheduled to join celebrations next week.

But the investigation could limit Olmert's ability to pursue that agenda.
YouTube - What Israelis think about the Olmert investigation - 28 May

Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Jerusalem on what Israelis think abo... Added: May 28, 2008 (Less info) A US businessman has revealed how he gave Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, large sums of money in personal loans.Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Jerusalem on what Israelis think about the investigation into bribery allegations against their country's leader.

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