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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Offices Raided in Olmert Investigation

JERUSALEM -- More than 100 police investigators raided government buildings and private offices Sunday, searching for evidence in a series of criminal investigations of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

The probes, all related to actions that took place before Olmert became prime minister, have threatened to weaken the Israeli leader at a time of growing momentum in peace efforts with the Palestinians.

"Police investigators are searching a number of government and private offices in connection with three ongoing investigations" into Olmert, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

In one case, Olmert is suspected of buying a luxurious Jerusalem home at a discount from a developer in exchange for arranging construction permits.

Officials in Olmert's office declined to comment. In the past, the prime minister has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has dismissed the investigations as a political witch hunt.