Prosecutor alleges Israel PM accepted bribes from US businessman Andrew Gilmore at 2:54 PM ET
[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official profile] personally received cash [Jerusalem Post report] from US businessman Morris Talansky while serving as a minister of industry, trade and labor, a state prosecutor said Monday in a hearing at the Supreme Court of Israel. Last week, police raided Olmert's offices [JURIST report] as part of the investigation into corruption allegations against Olmert. Talansky denied any wrongdoing in an interview on Israeli television, and he informed investigators Sunday that he would be leaving Israel for the US on May 26. Olmert's lawyers have filed a petition to overturn a lower court decision to hear Talansky's testimony before he leaves the country. Reuters has more. Ha'aretz has local coverage.
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