Jerusalem Israel’s attorney general notified Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday that he plans to indict him on suspicion of illicitly taking cash-stuffed envelopes from a Jewish-American businessman — a sensational case that turned public opinion so sharply against the Israeli leader that he was forced to resign.
Olmert would become the first Israeli prime minister ever indicted.
Before a decision on an indictment is made, Olmert will have one last chance to try to persuade Attorney General Meni Mazuz not to charge him, Mazuz said in a news release. The attorney general is already considering bringing Olmert to trial in a second corruption investigation.
Five corruption investigations are pending against Olmert in all, and he has denied wrongdoing in each one. His spokesman Amir Dan predicted Sunday that the charges would “disappear in the end.”