Olmert accused of ignoring State Comptroller

Monday, March 05, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was accused of ignoring the State Comptroller’s Law, concerning home front-related issues on last summer’s war, Army Radio reported.

“Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is ignoring the State Comptroller's Law, just like he ignores other laws,” Member of Knesset Arye Eldad said in response to a report that the prime minister refused to meet with State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss (picture) to answer questions on the war.

Member of Knesset Avshalom Vilan called Olmert’s refusal “tricky and unbecoming,” saying his management was “scandalous” and that he was playing “games.”

Olmert he did not intend to meet with the comptroller, and instead offered to respond in writing to a series of written inquiries. Lindenstrauss sent a letter to Olmert with questions that he wanted to investigate and didn’t receive an answer for six weeks.

“We intend to answer the comptroller as seriously as possible by the end of the month,” the Prime Minister’s Office said. “[Lindenstrauss’] urgency isn't clear to us, and it appears that some motive we can't understand is behind this impossible deadline.”

Lindenstrauss has authorized and pursued a number of investigations against Olmert, who has been accused in several instances of corruption while serving in various public offices.

Knesset Member Zevulun Orlev said the prime minister “conveys indifference and lack of concern to the State’s citizens as to their fate in the home front, if and when the next war takes place.”

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