State Comptroller Judge Micha Lindenstrauss approached the Attorney General Menahem Mazuz yesterday asking him to initiate a criminal investigation against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in reaction to evidence he uncovered which implicates Olmert on political appointments during his time as Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor.
The alleged appointments took place in the Small and Medium Business Administration while Olmert was a minister during the time Ariel Sharon was Prime Minister.
In the letter sent to Mazuz, the Comptroller says that there are suspicions of criminal activity in the appointments allegedly given to members of the Likud, Olmert’s former political faction.
At the same time, the Comptroller is conducting another investigation against Olmert regarding his apartment in Jerusalem. Olmert is suspected of receiving various goods, including a generous discount he received when buying his apartment in Carmiya Street in Jerusalem, in return for help to the Alumot Company.
Those close to Olmert said in response that the State Comptroller has personally targeted Olmert and bring to his replacement. According to them, only a week ago the Comptroller announced that there is no evidence of criminal activity, and that the sudden change in tune raises the suspicion that the Comptroller is attempting to hurt Olmert because of the argument they had last week regarding the formation of a Governmental Inquiry Committee to investigate the war in Lebanon.