Olmert Lawyer Vows That 'Cash Envelopes' Case Will Crumble

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's lawyer warned yesterday that the case based on Long Island businessman Morris Talansky's testimony that he gave Olmert $150,000, mostly in cash-filled envelopes, will unravel when Talansky is cross-examined at the Jerusalem District Court on Thursday.

Police and prosecution officials know that the cross-examination will reveal "how they built Talansky's story for him, how they put words into Uri Messer's mouth, the entire method of investigating the prime minister - we will not keep silent about that," said one of Olmert's attorneys, Navot Tel-Tzur.

"The entire accusation will become clear. They know what awaits them. All the mistakes, the distortions that they made in the past month and a half - the envelopes case is going to crumble."

Olmert's lawyers met with the prosecution in the last 24 hours to discuss when they will receive the material from the investigation. The prosecution informed the court yesterday that it will not hand over the material before Talansky's testimony because, while "there is scant connection between the new investigation material and Talansky's testimony," handing over the documents is liable to hamper the investigation.

If the parties don't reach an agreement by 3 P.M. tomorrow, they will meet at the Jerusalem District Court at that time for a hearing on Olmert's attorneys' request for the investigation material.