Israel court upholds gag order on Olmert investigation

Israel media quoted police sources Tuesday as saying a "significant development" in the case is imminent, related to a certain procedure tied to the investigation.

Israel court upholds gag order on Olmert investigation
An Israel court rejected Tuesday a petition to lift a gag order on a police probe of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, leaving the investigation shrouded in secrecy and speculation.

Olmert was questioned for the first time over the new affair on Friday and police questioned his former bureau chief, Shula Zaken, on Tuesday.

No information is available on the allegations against the premier.

Israel media quoted police sources Tuesday as saying a "significant development" in the case is imminent, related to a certain procedure tied to the investigation.

Speculation is rife in Israel that the chances are high this latest investigation of Olmert will lead to an indictment, and the end of his long political career.

However sources close to the premier have said they thought right-wing elements in Israel triggered the investigation, in order to force Olmert to resign and this torpedo the current Israeli- Palestinian negotiations.

The current investigation marks the fourth time since he became Prime Minister that Olmert has been investigated by the police.

Agencies
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