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Testimony: Olmert's bureau chief listened in on his phone calls

Secretary at former PM's office tells police Shula Zaken used to eavesdrop on Olmert's calls with senior state officials

Aviad Glickman
Published: 06.30.09, 22:36 / Israel News

Shula Zakan, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's aide and confidant, allegedly used to listen in on his phone calls while she was serving as his bureau chief, a fellow worker's testimony revealed.


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According to a Channel 10 report, a woman who worked as a secretary in Olmert's office, and who was questioned during the investigation into the former PM's affairs, told the police that Zaken used to eavesdrop on Olmert's phone calls without him knowing.


Zaken had allegedly listened to conversations between Olmert and former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu and former Government Secretary Yisreal Maimon. .


Olmert told the police he had no knowledge of this, while Zaken herself refused to divulge any information in her questioning.


The police transferred the investigation material to the State Prosecutor's Office, which has yet to decide whether to indict Zaken for wiretapping.


Four months ago Zaken was informed by the attorney general that she will be indicted in the "cash envelopes" case together with Olmert, pending a hearing. Zaken may also face another indictment in the Rishon Tours affair. On Monday the State Prosecutor's Office said that Zaken will be charged with fraud and breach of trust in the Tax Authority case.


Eli Senyor contributed to the report


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