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Campaign donations put Olmert in spotlight

JERUSALEM — Investigators questioned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at his home Friday about new allegations surrounding campaign donations from a U.S. citizen, Olmert's office said.

The allegations are certain to further tarnish the unpopular leader, who is a suspect in several corruption affairs. The Israeli leader has been questioned in the past about real estate deals and political appointments. He has never been charged.

The questions Friday dealt with donations by an American citizen between 1999 and 2002, before Olmert became prime minister, according to a statement from Olmert's office.

"The prime minister answered all of the investigators' questions on the subject, and will continue to cooperate with all legal authorities to the extent he is required to do so," the statement said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld would not disclose details.

Shelly Yacimovich, a member of Olmert's ruling coalition from the Labor Party, called the scope of charges against Olmert "unprecedented" and said he should suspend himself immediately.

"It has been proven beyond any doubt that the prime minister can't be under serial investigations and also suspected of crimes and also lead the country," she told Israel Radio.

Campaign donations put Olmert in spotlight 05/02/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:28pm]
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