Police Likely to Recommend Indictments Against Olmert

Investigators: We have evidence to indict premier in Talansky, Rishon Tours, Investments Center probes.

The Police's Intelligence and Investigations Unit is likely to announce on Sunday that is has amassed sufficient evidence to indict Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

The premier is being investigated for alleged financial irregularities in the Rishon Tours case, the Morris Talansky "cash envelopes" affair, and for alleged cronyism and patronage in the Investments Center matter.

The head of the police's investigations unit, Major General Yohanan Danino, is expected to convene his staff on Thursday for a marathon perusal of the material that has thus far been gathered against Olmert. On Sunday, police officials will once again examine whether more evidence is needed.

If police reach the conclusion that they have exhausted all possible leads, they will then formulate a recommendation which will be passed onto state prosecutors.

"This is a game whose results are known from the beginning," said Amir Dan, a media advisor to the prime minister. "From the first day, even before these matters were investigated, the police came out with statements to the effect that it was committed from the start to recommending an indictment."

Olmert was questioned under caution for two and a half hours at his Jerusalem residence last Friday, his seventh police interrogation in recent months. Police also quizzed Olmert's wife Aliza for the first time on the purchase of a Jerusalem house.

The prime minister and his wife are suspected of purchasing an apartment on Cremieux Street in Jerusalem at a discounted price and granting benefits in turn to the real estate firm which brokered the deal.

Police officials declined to discuss the focus of Friday's interrogation, but it is thought Olmert will be questioned again in connection with political appointments he made at the Small Business Authority while he was minister of industry, trade and employment.