Olmert faces fresh allegation

A new allegation of corruption was raised this week against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

David Cohen, one of the central witnesses in the case against former Finance Minister Avraham Hirschson - accused of stealing NIS 4 million (£680,000) from two public organisations - told a Tel Aviv courtroom that he had passed a "fat envelope" to Mr Olmert in the early 1990s when he was health minister.

Mr Cohen has admitted stealing NIS 6 million (£1m) from the National Workers Union, a large part of which he allegedly transferred to Mr Hirschson. Mr Olmert's spokesman denied the PM had any knowledge of receiving anything from Mr Cohen.

    Last updated: 1:30pm, October 30 2008