Olmert Corruption Case Court Hearing Opens

Published February 13, 2012 10:18AM (EST)

JERUSALEM (AP) — A spokesman for ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says a Tel Aviv court will hold its first hearing into a wide-ranging real estate scandal involving the former leader.

Olmert's spokesman Amir Dan says the hearing is taking place Monday. Olmert won't attend because he's attending a separate corruption hearing in a Jerusalem court.

The Tel Aviv hearing follows Olmert's indictment for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to promote a controversial Jerusalem building project when he was the city's mayor and minister of industry and trade.

Olmert has been indicted for other charges, including accepting illicit funds and double-billing.

Olmert denies any wrongdoing. Court spokespeople weren't available for comment.

By Salon Staff

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