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Decision on indictment in Olmert case expected next week
Police expected to file probe report, recommendation to State Prosecutor's Office Sunday. PM's legal counsel slams police conduct, says results of investigation predetermined

The decision on whether or not to file an indictment against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the Talansky Affair is nearing, sources in the State Prosecutor's Office revealed Thursday.


National Fraud Unit investigators are scheduled to meet later Thursday to discuss the evidence gathered in the case, and are expected to file their recommendation with the State Prosecutor's Office by next week.


Attorney General Menachem Mazuz is said to be constantly updated in the matter and sources in law enforcement believe that Mazuz will render his ruling in the matter expeditiously.


Sources close to Olmert believe the same, although for thoroughly different reasons. According to attorney Amir Dan, Olmert's legal council, "this case has been fixed from day one, since police have already made it clear that they will recommend filing an indictment." Since this is the case, added Dan, "it's unclear why police even bother holding alleged meetings on the matter, when their conclusions have been predetermined."


Commander Yohanan Danino, head of the police's Investigations and Intelligence Unit and his team, are expected to debate three cases:


  • The Talansky Affair – in which the PM is suspected of received illicit funds from American businessman Morris Talansky.


  • The "Olmertours" case, in which he is suspected of receiving illicit benefits form non-profit groups which funded his trips abroad.


  • The Investment Center scandal, in which he is suspected of improprieties that took place during hit term as industry, trade and Labor minister.


Source familiar with the proceedings told Ynet that should any indictment be filed, it would be done so after the High Holidays, in late October. 


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