Police to Question Olmert for 13th Time in Corruption Probe

Israel Police say they will question outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday for the 13th time over corruption allegations that forced him to resign.

Detectives are investigating suspicions that Olmert accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from Jewish-American businessman Morris Talansky and claimed false travel expenses before he became prime minister in 2006. Olmert denies any wrongdoing.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Thursday that Olmert would face questions for about two and a half hours on Jan.30 at his Jerusalem residence.

Olmert stepped down over the accusations but remains caretaker prime minister pending a general election scheduled for Feb.10.

United States authorities said Sunday that they were prepared to offer partial immunity to Talansky, the key witness in a corruption probe currently underway against Olmert.

According to the offer, any prospective testimony given by Talansky in an Israeli courtroom will not be used as direct evidence against him.