Olmert should be indicted for corruption, says leading journalist

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Evidence of corruption against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is solid and damning, and Israel's attorney general must respond by issuing an indictment, a leading journalist with Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Voice of Israel radio, reporter Motti Gilad said that after covering the presentation of an investigative report into just one of the corruption cases involving Olmert, “it is obvious the prime minister must be indicted.”

Israel's state comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, presented his report to the Knesset State Control Committee Wednesday morning, outlining what he called Olmert's clear violation of conflict of interest regulations when he served as minister of industry, trade and labor under former prime minister Ariel Sharon.

Olmert is accused of improperly securing millions in government grants for a business represented by his friend and personal attorney, Uriel Messer.

Olmert shot back by insisting he had committed no wrongdoing, and accusing Lindenstrauss of conducting a personal crusade against him.

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