Ehud Olmert faces fresh probe

A week after he was convicted on charges of bribe-taking and fraud in the Holyland case, former prime minister Ehud Olmert was once again being interrogated by the police, this time for allegedly obstructing justice.

On Monday, Olmert was confronted with the claims made by his long-serving secretary and chief of staff, Shula Zaken.

It is alleged that Olmert pressured her to change her original testimony — both in the Holyland case and in the
previous corruption case, in which he was acquitted of most charges.

Prosecutors believe a new statement by Ms Zaken could lead to a third indictment against Olmert for obstructing justice.

The investigation is also expected to shed light on some of Olmert’s wealthy backers. Those include US billionaire S Daniel Abraham, who is alleged to have paid Ms Zaken, and Israeli real-estate developer Alfred Akirov, who gave her a job before the trial.

Last updated: 5:14pm, April 10 2014