Shula Zaken, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's bureau
chief, was summoned to a formal Justice Ministry hearing Monday on suspicion of illegal wiretapping of
Olmert's phone conversation during his tenure as industry, trade and labor minister.
Zaken is suspected of both listening in on Olmert's conversations herself – unbeknown to him – as well as ordering other secretaries in the ministry to do so on her behalf.
"On the occasions when the ministry's secretaries were told to eavesdrop on (Olmert's) conversations, Zaken ordered them to report on their content, and in some cases, she had them transcribe the conversations," said a State Prosecutor's Office statement.
Zaken is suspected of listening in on dozens of private calls every month, for a period of about three years. According to the prosecution, she would listen to Olmert's daily conversations with other ministers, lobbyists, political activists, and his chief of staff, to name a few.
Olmert, alleged the prosecution, had never consented to the act, nor did he know about it.
Should the prosecution be able to prove the case has merit, Zaken may face illegal wiretapping and breach of trust charges.
Amir Dan, Olmert's communications director offered the following comment: "These are fallacious, groundless accusations which are a part of the persecution of Mrs. Zaken. Olmert does not consider himself an injured party in this matter. it is regrettable that the State Prosecutor's Office is wasting time and resources on such frivolous matters."