Police conduct raids in Olmert probes


Israeli police raided government offices as part of three probes against Ehud Olmert.

Investigators from the fraud squad searched the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Jerusalem municipality, Israel Lands Administration, Postal Authority and several other premises Sunday for potential evidence against the prime minister.

Olmert is under criminal investigation for his allegedly discounted purchase of a Jerusalem home shortly after he stepped down as the city’s mayor. He is further accused of cronyism and bid rigging during his term as industry and trade minister in the government of Ariel Sharon.

Olmert has denied any wrongdoing.

Accountant General Yaron Zelekha, who made a name for himself as Israel’s anti-corruption watchdog by calling for the prime minister to be investigated, announced over the weekend he would be stepping down.

Zelekha said he was resigning as his job was done, but Israeli pundits noted that his tenure at the finance ministry had not been renewed.

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