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Pressure on Olmert after more fraud questioning

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been questioned for a second time by police over corruption allegations that threaten to end his political career. The Israeli leader Olmert, who was first questioned three weeks ago, has denied any wrongdoing but says he will resign if indicted.

Today’s questioning by fraud officers comes after Israel’s chief prosecutor said investigators suspected Olmert had taken envelopes full of cash from a New York-based fundraiser businessman.

Olmert acknowledged earlier this month that Morris Talansky had raised funds for his two successful campaigns for mayor of Jerusalem in the
1990s.

Israeli media are today reporting that police are questioning Olmert over claims he helped
Talansky advance business ventures in South America in return.

The probe comes amid low approval ratings for the Israeli leader.

Critics have claimed recent revelations about indirect talks between Syria and Israel are an attempt to deflect attention from the investigation.