Daily Israel Report

Olmert to be Questioned Next Week

Police officials say former Prime Minister will be summoned next week for questioning over suspicions of obstruction of justice.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 4/4/2014, 11:20 PM

Olmert in court
Olmert in court
Flash 90

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will be questioned next week over suspicions of obstruction of justice, Channel 2 News reported Friday.

The new suspicions are based on recordings provided to the police by Olmert’s former bureau chief and close associate, Shula Zaken.

Last week, it was reported that Olmert was suspected of obstruction of justice and witness tampering. As part of a plea bargain signed with Zaken, she provided police with evidence allegedly proving the suspicions, and the prosecution agreed that she would serve a reduced 11-month prison sentence and the appeals against her in past convictions would be cancelled. On Thursday, Zaken was summoned to provide further evidence of her claims against Olmert.

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.

According to officials associated with the new investigation against Olmert, the investigation is mainly focusing on how Olmert's associates financed Zaken’s defense during the legal proceedings against the two.

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