Second corruption case against Olmert closed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s attorney general closed a corruption case against Ehud Olmert.

Menachem Mazuz announced Monday that he was closing the case over the purchase of a home on a desirable street in Jerusalem due to a lack of evidence.

The former prime minister was accused of receiving a kickback via a $500,000 discount on the home in exchange for arranging for special building permits for the building company. The home was purchased in 2004 for $1.2 million; it is worth up to $1.8 million.

The Jerusalem District Prosecutor’s Office had recommended closing the case, saying two months ago that there was not enough evidence to convict Olmert, according to reports.

It is the second investigation to be closed against Olmert since he resigned as prime minister in the wake of several investigations against him.

Mazuz has decided to file charges against Olmert in three other cases, pending hearings.
 

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