Talansky Prepares for Tuesday Testimony

American businessman Morris (Moshe) Talansky prepares with State Prosecutor Moshe Lador for pre-trial testimony Tuesday in the Olmert probe.

Hana Levi Julian,

American businessman Morris Talansky
American businessman Morris Talansky
Israel News Photo: Flash90

State Prosecutor Moshe Lador will meet with United States businessman Moshe (Morris) Talansky on Monday to prepare him to give testimony on Tuesday. Talansky will testify about allegations of bribery against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert before returning to his family in America.

Attorneys representing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert are not expected to cross-examine Talansky. Olmert’s attorneys won a short delay in Talansky’s testimony, saying they needed the time to review materials relevant to the case.

Talansky, who has admitted to giving Prime Minister Ehud Olmert several envelopes full of cash, gave envelopes filled with thousands of dollars in cash to former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin as well, according to NFC. Talansky allegedly gave Rabin $5,000 in cash in the early 1980s.

The businessman told police investigators about the money given to Rabin in order to allay suspicions that the money given to Olmert was meant as a bribe, NFC reported. He wanted to demonstrate that giving money in envelopes was his standard method of passing along legal donations.

He was interrogated again Sunday in the police's National Fraud Investigations Unit in Bat Yam in the "cash envelopes" affair.

Talansky is scheduled to testify in court in a pre-trial deposition Tuesday, after which he will return to his home in the United States.