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Israeli Police Call for Indictment of Former PM


General view of the Holyland luxury apartment complex in Jerusalem, which officials suspect former premier Ehud Olmert received bribes to smooth the way for construction in the 1990s (File)

General view of the Holyland luxury apartment complex in Jerusalem, which officials suspect former premier Ehud Olmert received bribes to smooth the way for construction in the 1990s (File)

Israeli police on Monday said they are recommending that former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert be indicted in connection with a real estate scandal.

Olmert is already on trial for fraud and bribery.

Police suspect Olmert received tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for his support for a large residential development in Jerusalem. He was then mayor of Jerusalem.

Olmert denies the charges.

The case has shocked Israelis and is one of the biggest corruption scandals in the country's history.

Police suspect the total amount of money transferred from the project's initiators to a middleman who mediated between the parties involved, is $15 million.

Police have recommended that a former Olmert aide and former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski also be indicted.

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