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Fishing expedition? Korev
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Talansky case: State seeks US authorities' cooperation
Jerusalem District Prosecution sends one of its top attorneys to see if federal investigators can provide more information on key witness in fraud case pending against former Premier Olmert

The State Prosecutor's Office has expanded its due diligence in the Talansky case pending against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yet again, sending Uri Korev, a senior attorney with the Jerusalem District Prosecutor's office, to the United States in search for new evidence.

 

The Talansky case centers on suspicions that Olmert, while in office as Jerusalem mayor and later as prime minister, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit funds from American financier Morris Talansky.

 

Attorney General Menachem Mazuz informed Olmert in February that he is considering filing an indictment against him in the case, to include charges of fraud, breach of trust and receiving illicit funds. Each of the counts carries a three-year mandatory prison sentence.

 

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Korev is expected to meet with federal prosecution officers in the US, in hopes they can supply him with more evidence against Talansky, who is under federal investigation for alleged money laundering.

 

The State's effort to gather more information regarding the US businessman, who is the key witness against Olmert, are meant to be in favor of both the prosecution and the defense.

 

US investigators have asked for a face-to-face meeting with a representative of the Prosecution, following which Korev has flown to New York.

 

The Justice Ministry confirmed Korev's trip, adding that "he is meeting with local US authorities to see if they are willing to release more case material for both the prosecution and the defense to use in the case." 

 

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