Time: ‘Police Waiting to Arrest Olmert at Airport’


olmertIsraeli Police will be at the airport to arrest former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert if and when he returns to Israel, sources told TIME magazine. Yesterday, he categorically denied any involvement with the latest and perhaps largest political scandal, centering on Olmert’s former legal aide and friend Uri Messer.

Messer is one of several political, legal and financial leaders who have been charged with bribery in the huge Holyland apartment project in Yerushalayim. Several steps in its approval coincided with Olmert’s tenure as mayor of the capital and when he was Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor in the Sharon government in 2006. The land for the apartment project had been zoned for a hotel.

The former prime minister already faces three separate charges involving double-billing and receiving cash in return for favors. Last year, he abruptly left the country shortly before being indicted, telling the court that he needed emergency surgery in the United States for prostate cancer. The Holyland case involves a yet unnamed suspect, possibly Olmert. In the meantime, Olmert’s lawyers are using the Holyland bribe case as a reason to ask for another delay in his trial, arguing that its timing will cause confusion with the latest probe, considered the most serious corruption in the history of Israel.

Despite Olmert’s legal problems, he continues to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars as a business consultant and speaker, receiving approximately $50,000 for each appearance.

Read more at Arutz Shevah.

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