Shula Zaken
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Shula Zaken convicted in Tax Authority case

Jerusalem court convicts former PM Ehud Olmert's bureau chief of fraud, breach of trust. Judge: Zaken's story 'does not hold water'

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Sunday convicted Shula Zaken who served as former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's bureau chief of fraud and breach of trust. Her sentencing hearing will take place at a later date. The presiding judge noted that her version of events "did not hold water."


Zaken was convicted of taking advantage of her position as Olmert's bureau chief when he was finance minister and prime minister in order to promote her brother Yoram Karshi's business interests.


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Before the verdict was read out Zaken stated: "As I said on Sunday when I got here, I have absolute trust in the court, in contrast to my absolute lack of trust in other sources."


התביעה תבקש מאסר בפועל. זקן בבית המשפט (צילום: גיל יוחנן)

Shula Zaken in court (Photo: Gil Yohanan)


In her testimony Zaken claimed that her brother "pulverized my life" when he used her name without her knowledge in order to promote various appointments.


Karshi testified against Zaken for the prosecution but claimed that he hadn't noticed what he was saying. He even claimed that he said the statements made on the wiretaps in order to show off, without Zaken's knowledge.


It should be noted that in addition to her involvement in the Tax Authority case she has also been indicted for the Rishon Tours and Talansky affairs in which the defense is currently presenting their summation, as well as the Holyland affair in which she is accused of accepting bribes.




פרסום ראשון: 02.26.12, 11:55
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