The key witness in a corruption probe threatening the future of Israel’s Prime Minister has testified that he gave Ehud Olmert envelopes containing almost 100,000 euros in cash.
Millionaire US businessman Maurice Talansky told an Israeli court that he had no idea how the money was spent, but claimed Olmert had a love of luxury. Talansky gave evidence at the request of Jerusalem Prosecutor, Moshe Lador, who said: “There are no conclusions. Only the evidence in chief was heard today. We all have to remember that only after the witness is cross-examined can his testimony be evaluated.”
Police are investigating whether in total Olmert received more than 300,000 euros in bribes and illegal donations. It is the fifth inquiry into the Israeli leader’s financial affairs. He has already been questioned twice and says he will stand down if charged.
Both Olmert and Talansky have denied any wrongdoing.