Corruption

Case against Olmert ‘very strong’ after key witness gives evidence

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2008

Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz must now decide whether to indict Prime Minister Ehud Olmert over the alleged bribes he received from Morris Talansky, after the American fundraiser ended five days in the dock with his version of events intact.

Despite appearing at times shaken and confused during the cross-examination, the main facts of his testimony have not been changed. Mr Olmert allegedly received money through Mr Talansky on at least three separate occasions and he also covered the expenses of Mr Olmert and his wife’s stay in Washington in October 2005.

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Scrutiny of Claims Conference grows

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2008

The Claims Conference is facing a deeper scrutiny of its affairs, both from the Israeli Comptroller and the German Auditor’s Office.

The German investigation into the Conference’s accounts is the result of rising criticism of the lack of transparency of the body which transfers pensions to Holocaust survivors from the Berlin government.

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Olmert in crisis

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2008

Kadimah inner circle to discuss future

The pressure on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to leave office greatly intensified this week after Defence Minister Ehud Barak demanded that he resign or suspend himself from the premiership until the investigation into his alleged bribe-taking was over.

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What next for the coalition?

By Daniella Peled, May 30, 2008

The net has been closing in on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ever since the news broke of his alleged financial misdoings. The last three weeks have been little more than a relentless march towards his final political demise.

On Wednesday, this inglorious fate came a step closer with the announcement by Labour leader Ehud Barak that he would lead his 19 MKs out of the coalition without some major show of political remorse from Mr Olmert.

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Olmert faces second police questioning

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 23, 2008

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is to be questioned by police today (Friday) for the second time over suspicions of bribe-taking. One of the main witnesses, financier Morris Talanski, is to give preliminary evidence next week.

State Prosecutor Moshe Lador claimed in a Supreme Court hearing that Mr Olmert had received envelopes stuffed with dollars from Mr Talansky, a US citizen.

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Olmert to face new quiz as police close in

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 16, 2008

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is to be questioned for the second time over allegations of bribe-taking, in an investigation that continues to widen.

Police sources have told the JC that they are convinced that there is sufficient proof of illegal money transfers of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the United States to Mr Olmert’s interests in Israel. However, they still have not found the primary source of the funds, or what Mr Olmert was alleged to have done with them.

Olmert faces political ruin over bribes inquiry

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 9, 2008

A new, potentially devastating corruption investigation into the financial affairs of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert threatens to unseat him.

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