Uri Lupolianski was arrested Wednesday for allegedly receiving over three million shekels in bribes from the entrepreneurs behind the Holyland housing project in Jerusalem...Police think some of the money was paid when he served as chairman of the city's Planning and Construction Committee, and some when he was already mayor. The vast majority of the money did not go into his own pocket but to the Yad Sarah charity, which lends medical equipment to the needy and infirm, and which Lupolianski founded. Investigators suspect that Lupolianski received 1.4 million shekels for Yad Sarah from the Holyland investors before 1999, and another 1.4 million between 2000 and 2006.
A wide-ranging indictment was handed down Thursday morning against 13 defendants in the Holyland Towers case. Among those indicted are former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.
What the Yad Sarah headquarters looks like (upon leaving Shaare Zedek, I snapped this today):