Olmert probed on real estate

Ehud Olmert faces a police probe over suspected impropriety in a real estate deal.

Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Monday ordered an investigation into the prime minister’s purchase of a house in Jerusalem after a state audit suggested the price was unreasonably low. That raised suspicion that Olmert was put in a position of returning favors to the property’s former owner.

The Prime Minister’s Office called the probe “gratuitous.”

Olmert, who is under investigation in two other affairs, has denied all wrongdoing. Many of the suspicions against him originate with State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, whom the prime minister has accused of conducting a witch hunt.

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