Olmert Withdraws Petition to Postpone Hearings in Graft Cases

Former PM wanted to delay hearings in Rishon Tours, cash envelopes and Investment Center cases.

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert withdrew his petition Wednesday to postpone hearings in three graft cases against him, following a recommendation from High Court judges.

Olmert had petitioned to hold the hearings into the Rishon Tours double-billing affair, the Morris Talansky cash envelopes affair, and the Investment Center case, only after a final decision was reached by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to indict him in all three cases.

The former PM had also requested that the hearing include two other cases in which it has not yet been decided whether to charge him - regarding his purchase of a house on Jerusalem's Cremieux Street and the political appointments affair.

Negotiations took place between Olmert's lawyers and Mazuz following the petition. Olmert's attorneys had requested that the hearings not be held before the middle of September, while Mazuz wanted the hearings on all three cases concluded by mid-August.