Olmert faces fresh al­le­ga­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

A NEW al­le­ga­tion of cor­rup­tion was raised this week against Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ehud Olmert.

David Co­hen, one of the cen­tral wit­nesses in the case against for­mer Fi­nance Min­is­ter Avra­ham Hirsch­son — ac­cused of steal­ing NIS 4 mil­lion (£680,000) from two pub­lic or­gan­i­sa­tions — told a Tel Aviv court­room that he had passed a “fat en­ve­lope” to Mr Olmert in the early 1990s when he was health min­is­ter.

Mr Co­hen has ad­mit­ted steal­ing NIS 6 mil­lion (£1m) from the Na­tional Work­ers Union, a large part of which he al­legedly trans­ferred to Mr Hirsch­son. Mr Olmert’s spokesman de­nied the PM had any knowl­edge of re­ceiv­ing any­thing from Mr Co­hen.

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