Talansky: Israel Sent U.S. Material for Probe Against Me

Letter to State Prosecutor from U.S. Jew's lawyers says he was told testimony would not be used against him.

The lawyers for Morris (Moshe) Talansky today sent a letter to the State Prosecutor and the Jerusalem District Prosecutor charging that an investigation against him in the United States was based on material provided by the Israeli authorities, despite assurances that this would not happen.

Talansky is at the center of one of a series of criminal investigations into Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Talansky over many years. Olmert is suspected of receiving financial favors from the American Jewish businessman in exchange for assisting him with business ventures.

The letter claims that Talansky had been told by the Israeli prosecution before he testified in an investigation into Olmert's conduct that the information he provided would not be used against him.

Talansky's lawyers are also requesting clarification of whether their client is considered a suspect or a witness in the Olmert affair and to know why - if an indictment has already been formulated - Talansky has not been asked to continue acting as a witness.