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Another Arrest in Israeli Bribery Scandal

Monday, 26 April 2010 09:12 AM

JERUSALEM- Shula Zaken, in the past a close aide to former prime minister Ehud Olmert, was arrested on Monday afternoon at Ben Gurion Airport upon her arrival in Israel, on suspicion of involvement in the Holyland bribery scandal which has rocked the Jerusalem municipality in the past week.

Zaken, who was visiting Los Angeles, flew in from New York after extending her stay in the US when the Holyland case was made public. Speculations had arisen in the Israeli media over whether she would return to the country at all. She had extended her stay in Los Angeles when the Holyland case was public. She was arrested at passport control after being informed of the police's intentions to interrogate her a week in advance.

Olmert is the most senior individual suspect of involvement in the Holyland case, and police expect Zaken, his former bureau chief, to shed more light on the matter - which has rapidly spiralled into one of the most severe cases of real estate bribery in Israeli history.

Zaken stands accused of involvement in a variety of cases centered around Olmert, among them the Rishon Tours, Talansky and Investment Center affairs. She is also suspected of tax fraud.

Meanwhile on Monday, real estate developer Meir Rabin, suspected of acting as an intermediary in the Holyland scandal, was said by his lawyer to be suspected of bribing top lawmakers - as well as Rabbi Ovadia Yosef - in a bid to approve the construction of the project. Rabin is suspected of bribing Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and MKs Ruhama Avraham (Kadima) and Danny Naveh (Likud), who served as ministers at the time.

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