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World Briefing / Israel

One case against Olmert dropped

March 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Israeli police said they had dropped a criminal investigation of a real estate deal by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, days before he leaves office, citing insufficient evidence.

Police investigated allegations that Olmert bought a home at a steep discount in exchange for granting favors to the builder. The alleged deal occurred while Olmert was Jerusalem mayor, years before he became prime minister in 2006.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the case was closed after an investigation showed no "concrete evidence of illegal acts in this case."

Four other cases against Olmert are still pending.

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