Former Olmert office head Shula Zaken convicted for corruption


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Shula Zaken, former bureau chief for then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, was convicted for corruption.

Zaken was convicted Sunday by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on charges of fraud and breach of trust stemming from a case over attempts to influence promotions in Israel’s Tax Authority. She will be sentenced on a date to be announced.

She was charged with using her position in Olmert’s office to help her brother Yoram Karshi’s business interests. Zaken claimed that her brother used her name without her permission. In October, Karshi was sentenced to seven months in prison.

Zaken also has been indicted, along with Olmert, in three other cases: the Rishon Tours, Talansky and Holyland affairs.

The Rishon Tours case alleges that Olmert double billed for overseas trips. The Talansky case charges that Olmert accepted cash illegally from American Jewish businessman Morris Talansky. In both cases, the defense is presenting its summation.

The Holyland real estate scandal, over a housing development in Jerusalem, has been described as one of the worst corruption scandals in Israeli history. Zaken is accused of taking bribes in the case.


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