The trial of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on his involvement in the Holyland Project affair begins Sunday. Olmert is accused of using his influence as Mayor of Jerusalem, and later as Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor to ram through the project, even though it violated numerous zoning and other ordinances. Olmert is accused of receiving bribes and favors for his assistance. The indictment also accuses Olmert of “helping” to arrange other projects for contractors.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys plan to bring 377 witnesses to testify. Twelve other people are on trial with Olmert. The former Prime Minister has declared his innocence, saying on Friday that he was perfectly sure that he would be fully exonerated.