The decision concerning wether to indict Ehud Olmert (photo), Israeli prime minister, rests with Attorney General Meni Mazuz, even though prosecutors have been formally recommended by Israeli police that Mr Olmert should be indicted in a corruption investigation.
As he is facing the multiple corruption investigations, Mr Olmert already announced that he will resign later this month.
He has consistently denied all the accusations against him.
On September 17, a leadership vote is to be held by the ruling Kadima party.
The accusations precede 2006, when Mr Olmert became prime minister, and concern his time as mayor of Jerusalem and minister of trade and industry.
The police recommendation to indict the prime minister is meaningless, said Mr Olmert’s lawyers.
“The only person authorised by the law to decide whether to indict a prime minister is the attorney general. He has the authority and he bears the responsibility over the issue”, his lawyers said in a statement.
Mr Mazuz is expected to make his decision in the next few weeks.