This Olmert Scandal is beginning to sound more and more like an bad episode of the Sopranos. Olmert’s Accuser, “Talansky the Laundryman” is now afraid that the Prime minister might send someone to break his kneecaps, so the Attorney General has gotten the courts to move up the American’s deposition so he can get out of Dodge ASAP.
Jerusalem District Court grant’s attorney general’s request to take deposition from American businessman in investigation against prime minister. State prosecutor tells court Talansky expressed concern PM might send someone to hurt him
The Jerusalem District Court granted Friday Attorney General Menachem Mazuz’s request to take deposition from Morris Talansky, an American businessman believed to have transferred funds to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during the latter’s tenure as Jerusalem mayor and as industry, trade and labor minister.
State Prosecutor Moshe Lador told the court that Talansky “has expressed his concern to a police officer that Olmert might send someone to hurt him.”
The court noted that “while the state prosecutor stressed that it is inconceivable to attribute to any of the respondents the intent to influence the witness or deter him from giving testimony, given the subjective feeling of the witness, there’s a concern that this might dissuade him from testifying.”
A date for the deposition has not been scheduled at this time.
According to Lador, “Time might weaken the witness’ willingness to testify freely, particularly in view of the testimony being against someone with whom he’s been on friendly terms with for years.” (Ynet)