Israeli PM Named Prime Suspect in Corruption Case

Posted on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 @ 04:04 PM

In a separate case from the one for which he is on trial, former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has been named in a corruption scandal dating back to his time as mayor of Jerusalem. He has not yet been questioned. The allegation is that he took bribes to hurry along a high-rise residential development in West Jerusalem. He has denied wrongdoing: "I was never offered bribes and I never took bribes from anybody in any matter, in any form, either directly or indirectly."

Olmert's successor as mayor, Uri Lupolianski, was arrested Wednesday. According to the BBC, "A judiciary spokesman said Mr Lupolianski was suspected of receiving bribes, money laundering, fraud, breach of trust, tax avoidance and conspiracy, in connection with the Holyland property development." Bribes totaling more than $800,000 have been mentioned. Lupolianski was deputy mayor under Olmert from 1993-2003 and mayor till 2008. He has claimed that "A deputy mayor has no responsibility. ....The mayor is the one who decides... ."

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