Jerusalem : Olmert’s ‘high’ life

2008-05-27 00:00

JERUSALEM — The key witness in a corruption probe of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made a dramatic courtroom appearance yesterday, telling prosecutors that he handed cash-stuffed envelopes to the Israeli politician and suspected some of the money went to fund Olmert’s fondness for fine hotels, first-class flights and luxury goods.

In a sometimes emotional testimony, Jewish-American businessman Morrisson Talansky told the court that he turned over about $150,000 to Olmert, directly and through political aides, at meetings in New York and Jerusalem over a 15-year period.

Talansky (75) said there were no records of how the money was spent. “I only know that he loved expensive cigars. I know he loved pens, watches. I found it strange,” he said with a shrug.

— Sapa-AP.

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