Olmert quizzed for 10th time in graft probes

November 16, 2008 - 0:0

BEIT-UL-MOQADDAS (AFP) – Israeli police questioned interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday for the 10th time since accusations of corruption emerged in May, a spokesman said.

""The prime minister was questioned at his official residence in Beit-ul-Moqaddas for around two hours,"" police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
He said the questions focused on the so-called Investment Centre affair, one of several concerning Olmert.
The case involves allegations that as trade minister Olmert steered tens of millions of dollars worth of state funds towards a company owned by his former law partner Uri Messer.
The prime minister handed in his resignation on September 21 to fight the accusations, but will remain at the helm of a caretaker government until after early parliamentary elections scheduled for February 10.
Police in September recommended indicting Olmert over suspicions he had unlawfully accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from a U.S. businessman and for billing the same overseas trips several times over, allegedly using the ill-gotten gains to pay for private trips.
All of the accusations relate to when Olmert was Beit-ul-Moqaddas mayor and trade minister in the 13 years before he assumed the premiership in 2006.
He has consistently maintained his innocence.