January 16, 2010

The Amazing Ehudini

Posted in Ehud Olmert, war crimes tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:32 pm by Edna

The Amazing Ehudini cc Edna Spennato 2009.

Photomontage made on 1 February 2009.

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Originally published at Auntie Ziona as The Amazing Ehudini

Also at these links: Kenny’s Sideshow, Window Into Palestine, BuJ Al Arab, Uprooted Palestinians.

Updated 17 April 2010:

Olmert faces new corruption charge

Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister, who left office last year due to corruption charges, has been identified as a key suspect in separate bribery charges.

Police said on Thursday that Olmert, 63, was suspected in a case in which millions of dollars were exchanged for the promotion of real estate projects, including a controversal housing scheme in Jerusalem in which zoning laws had to be changed.

Olmert is suspected of taking almost $1m in bribes during the time of the Holyland residential project in the 1990s, when he was the mayor of Jerusalem…

…The case has been billed as Israel’s “real estate scandal of the century” in the local media. Olmert’s picture had previously been placed next to the story in newspapers, although the gag order prevented the “public figure” allegedly involved from being named.

Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland, in Jerusalem, said: “An investigating judge called it one of the worst corruption cases in the history of Israel.

“Police suspect that he benefitted from backhanders to change planning laws. Olmert is expected to speak later.”

Olmert was already facing three different charges of corruption.

He was forced to step down as prime minister last year after police accused him of double and triple-billing Jewish organisations for trips abroad and taking the extra money.

However, police have said that the new charges are much bigger then those previously filed against him.

Read in full here.

Updated 25 February 2010:

Trial Against Israeli ex-PM begins

JERUSALEM, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Prosecutors expressed confidence Thursday evidence would prove former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was guilty of fraud, tax evasion and breach of trust.

Defense attorneys countered that the prosecution knows its evidence was inadequate to prove its case against Olmert, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Olmert’s trial opened Thursday in the Jerusalem District Court. He was indicted for fraudulent receipt of goods, false registration of corporate documents, fraud, breach of trust, tax and tax evasion on three different issues…

Read in full here.

September 2009:

Trial against former premier Olmert opens in Israel

Jerusalem – The first trial in Israeli history against a former premier opened Friday in Jerusalem’s District Court. Almost exactly a year after he resigned amid corruption allegations, former premier Ehud Olmert made his first court appearance, in what was largely a preliminary procedural hearing…

As Olmer arrived at the court he told reporters: “I arrived here as a man innocent of any crimes, and I believe I will leave here as a man innocent of any crimes.”…

The indictments themselves were filed in August.

They include charges of fraud under aggravated circumstances, breach of trust, forging of corporate documents, and failure to report income. Olmert is not, however, facing charges of bribery, as the police had recommended to prosecutors.

Amongst other charges, he is suspected of having submitted multiple times over the same travel expenses for trips abroad to different government bodies and Jewish organizations.

The ex-premier allegedly pocketed the excesses, which accumulated in a special account managed by his travel agent and used for private trips with his family. That alleged corruption scandal became known in the Israeli media as Rishon Tours, after the travel agency, or as “Olmertours.”

The former premier is also suspected of having accepted envelopes with large amounts of cash from Jewish-American businessman Morris Talansky. Olmert insists they constituted legitimate donations.

His office manager Zaken allegedly in many cases accepted the money on his behalf.

Lastly, Olmert stands accused of cronyism, allegedly giving preferential treatment to a factory represented by a friend of his, Uri Messer, when he served as trade and industry minister…

Although Olmert is the first former or current Israeli premier ever to stand trial on criminal charges, but the proceedings come as Israel’s political elite is tarnished by a host of corruption and other scandals….

Read in full here.

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4 Comments »

  1. BuJ said,

    This is a classic 🙂

  2. Edna said,

    Thanks BuJ! Did you know that Houdini was actually a MOLE all along, and his magic shows were the front. And the inglorious Ehudini demonstrates almost as much talent in escaping from the ties that bind him 🙂

  3. BuJ said,

    Good morning.. but hmmm, what do u mean he was a MOLE? like a spy or something? pls explain!

    are u talking about Ehudini or the older Hudini?

  4. Edna said,

    yes, apparently Harry Houdini was a spy. In the book, The Secret Life of Houdini : The Making of A Superhero, it is revealed that he was a covert agent for Scotland Yard.


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