Police Move Ahead with New Olmert Investigation
Police investigators on Thursday moved ahead with a new investigation against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, which began last week after his former bureau chief, Shula Zaken, turned state’s evidence against him.
As part of the investigation, Zaken was summoned to provide further evidence of her claims that Olmert obstructed justice in the Holyland affair.
According to NRG/Ma’ariv, once investigators go over the evidence provided by Zaken, Olmert would likely be summoned for questioning as well.
The prosecution signed a plea bargain with Zaken a week ago, days before she and Olmert were both convicted in the Holyland trial.
As part of the plea bargain, in exchange for Zaken turning state’s evidence, she was to serve a reduced 11-month prison sentence and the prosecution would cancel the appeals against her in the Talansky affair and the Rishon Tours affair.
The prosecution had asked Judge David Rosen, who presided over the Holyland trial, to postpone the reading of the verdict in light of the new evidence against Olmert, but Rosen rejected the request and proceeded to convict Olmert, Zaken and eight other defendants in the trial.
Judge Rosen made clear after reading the verdict that he would request serious arguments before approving the deal made with Zaken and sentence her to the 11 months agreed upon with the prosecution.