Decision on Indictment Expected Within 4 Months

State Prosecutor's Office to review police recommendations in Holyland corruption case.

Police are expected to submit evidence on the Holyland affair to the State Prosecutor's Office this week, and the authorities are expected to decide whether to file an indictment against suspects in the property scandal within the next four months.

People who may face charges include former prime minister Ehud Olmert and several of his close associates.

Liat Ben Ari, Jonathan Tadmor and Eitan Bendor, attorneys with the State Prosecutor's Office bureau on tax and financial matters, are expected to lead the State Prosecutor's probe.

Ben Ari and Tadmor also led the prosecution of businessman David Appel on bribery-related charges. Appel was found guilty last month and sentenced to 3.5 years in prison and a fine of NIS 1 million.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein cannot offer opinions on criminal aspects of the case, since he served as Olmert's attorney in a separate case before being appointed the nation's top lawyer.

Sources close to the case said they believe the State Prosecutor's Office will decide whether to file an indictment within months.

"There is no chance this case will stall within the legal system for two or three years. There are various reasons that four months is a reasonable forecast, and I say that responsibly," said Michal Bardenstein, an attorney representing the State Prosecutor's Office civil bureau.