Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is suspected of taking bribes in a growing Jerusalem corruption case, police said today.
The 63-year-old Olmert returned to Israel from Europe today amid reports of his involvement in the case then police confirmed he was a suspect, after a court-issued gag order was eased.
Olmert has denied any connection.
Last week, a long-time Olmert associate and five others were arrested in the affair.
Police suspect huge sums of money changed hands to promote several land projects, including a large development in Jerusalem that required a radical change in zoning laws.
Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem at the time.
He is currently standing trial on separate corruption charges that drove him from office last year.