Verdict Expected Next Week in Olmert 'Cash Envelopes' Affair

Former PM Olmert was acquitted in the case in 2012, but Supreme Court ordered a retrial after aide Shula Zaken struck a plea deal.

Emil Salman

Jerusalem District Court judges on Sunday said they would hand down a verdict in the Talansky "cash envelopes" affair next Monday at 8:30 A.M.

The case, which alleges that former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received fraudulent donations from New York Jewish businessman Morris Talansky between 1997 and 2005, ended in 2012 with Olmert's acquittal.

Olmert was accused of breach of trust in the Talansky affair; he allegedly received hundreds of thousands of shekels that went unreported from Talansky. The money was allegedly kept in a safe in the office of Olmert aide and attorney Uri Messer.

Last year, however, the Supreme Court ordered a retrial after former Olmert aide Shula Zaken signed a plea bargain with the prosecution and turned state's witness, supplying recordings that shed light on Olmert's conduct in the affair.

The panel of judges includes Jacob Zaban, Moshe Sobel and Rivka Friedman-Feldman.

Haaretz has found that in 23 cases that the Supreme Court sent back to the lower court, the original verdict remained intact.

In the Talansky case, the losing side – whoever it is – is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court. The higher court's verdict is also expected to include a decision in the appeal over another case involving Olmert, the Rishon Tours affair. In that case, Olmert was suspected of double-billing charities for trips abroad.