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Israeli police recommend charges against Olmert

Israeli police say they have wound up another investigation into alleged misconduct by outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and have passed his file to prosecution officials with a recommendation that they bring charges.

Israeli police say they have wound up another investigation into alleged misconduct by outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and have passed his file to prosecution officials with a recommendation that they bring charges.

Police allege that during his term as trade and industry minister between 2003 and 2006, Olmert used his position to channel development grants to a company run by his lawyer and close associate Uri Messer in what police call a "deep conflict of interest."

Earlier this week, Attorney General Meni Mazuz said he was considering putting Olmert on trial over a separate case alleging that he unlawfully accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from a Jewish-American businessman.

Five corruption investigations are pending against Olmert and he has denied wrongdoing in each one.

Olmert would become the first Israeli prime minister ever indicted.

He remains Israel's caretaker leader until prime minister designate Benjamin Netanyahu puts together a new government.