Report: Olmert faces arrest on return to Israel

Sunday, April 11, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Time magazine reported at the weekend that police will be waiting on hand to arrest former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert if and when he returns to Israel.

Olmert is believed to be a prime suspect in a new corruption scandal surrounding the Holyland luxury apartment project in Jerusalem. Olmert's former legal aid and close friend Uri Messer has already been named as a suspect in the case, and the timeline of the illegal activity spans Olmert's time as mayor of Jerusalem and later as Minister of Industry and Trade.

The land where the massive apartment complex now stands was originally zoned for a hotel, and was only rezoned after what police are calling a shocking episode of bribery and extortion.

Olmert is also facing at least three other unrelated corruption charges, and suddenly left Israel in December just before it was speculated he was to be indicted. Olmert claimed he needed emergency surgery in the US for his prostate cancer.

The former prime minister is scheduled to return to Israel by the end of the week following a series of meetings in Europe.

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