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Olmert faces indictment

March 02, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

The attorney general notified outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that he planned to indict him on suspicion of illicitly taking cash-stuffed envelopes from a Jewish American businessman.

But before a final decision is made, Olmert will have one last chance to try to persuade Atty. Gen. Menachem Mazuz not to charge him, Mazuz said. The attorney general is already considering bringing Olmert to trial in a second corruption investigation.

Five corruption investigations are pending against Olmert in all. He has denied wrongdoing in each. All the investigations predate his becoming prime minister in 2006 and are related to his tenures as mayor of Jerusalem and minister of industry and trade.

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