Suddenly, Echud Olmert has another problem. He has been under police investigation for years but nothing could be proved against him. Now they discovered an issue in the Municipality of Jerusalem that took place during the time he was Major. The issue has been added now to the accusations in his unending trial. The thing I am talking about is the Holyland building (pic), a design that had been rejected by several planning committees when suddenly (and suspiciously) the City Engineer changed his mind and started to push the project towards its final approval.
The City Engineer, Uri Shitrit (he left in 2006) received, so the Police maintains, several million dollars in design fees from real estate developer Cherny, a Russian-Jewish oligarch. The monies were paid to the architectural firm Shitrit owned, which then issued fake tax receipts.
I am rather sceptical about the whole issue. The real target is Olmert. He was the Major. Shitrit did everything on the open: he asked for permission to use the architectural studio he owned (but was not involved with during the time). It cannot be proved that there is connection between that the City Engineer's voltaface and the monies paid to his architectural firm. Regarding the tax evasion, I have no opinion.
The search for an "evil engineer" has to be put into the context of the building shown in the pic. With the years, the public's dislike of the project has been growing. It is popularly known as the "Monster". The Judge (female) sitting in this case declared publicly that she cannot understand how such a Monstrous Creation had been allowed to ruin Jerusalem's sky line. The project has turned into the very symbol of those evil and corrupt real estate developers and engineers that destroy Mother Nature and despoliate either/or pollute Jerusalem's rocky hills. The police has invaded the Municipality's offices and are taking away old files related to the project. The "greens" always maintained that immoral greed and evil corruption is the reason for the erection this ugly, offensive, godless building. Now they have demonstrated it.
Only that I doubt it. The pics are intended to lift the reader's spirits. Not all is ugly in Jerusalem.
As Sherman McCoy from The Bonfire of the Vanities concludes: Dont get cought by the criminal justice machine.