Olmert aide: Prime minister ordered illegal actions

Jonathon Simmons

A new blow was struck against former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s legal defense on corruption charges on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 when Olmert’s former aide, Oved Yehezkel, testified in Jerusalem’s District Court that he had carried out illegal actions at Olmert’s behest (1).

Olmert in Court. Photo by Gil Yohannan.

The former prime minister is currently the prime suspect in a corruption scandal that Israeli newspapers say may be Israel’s worst ever.  Israel’s National Fraud Investigations Unit has been investigating Olmert, for the most part quietly, for well over a year for his involvement in what has become known as the “Holyland affair,” a case in which senior state officials were allegedly paid millions of shekels in bribes to approve a controversial Jerusalem development project known as the “Holyland Estates.”

The case – and Olmert’s major role in it – were first made public in April of last year.  When police opened the corruption case against Olmert for his involvement in the Holyland affair, he was already facing multiple other corruption charges, which had led him to step down as prime minister in 2009 (2).  Yehezkel’s testimony undermines Olmert’s assertions that he had been too preoccupied with official matters while in office to notice the corruption in his administration.


1. Weitz, Gidi.  Februay 15, 2011.  “Olmert aide says he carried out illicit acts at his boss’ behest.” Retrieved January 16, 2011 from the Haaretz website: http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/the-prosecution-never-rests-1.342760

2. McCarthy, Rory. April 15, 2010.  “Ehud Olmert the ‘prime suspect’ in Holyland bribery case.”  Retrieved January 16, 2011 from the Guardian website:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/15/ehud-olmert-prime-suspect-holyland-bribery-case.










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