Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sheldon Adelson "detained" in Israel?

UPDATE 3:18 p.m. PT:
Just spoke to Ron Reese, LVS spokesman, and he said Adelson was not detained, he was asked questions on Tuesday in his hotel room. "He is not being held, he is not being detained, he is not under investigation," Reese said. "He's just somebody who Israeli authorities think might have knowledge about a key figure in this investigation." Reese would not comment on the substance of the questioning or whether Adelson has knowledge about the investigation. Reese said Adelson is serving as honorary chair of a conference that opened today in Israel and that he sat next to President and Laura Bush at the opening event.

The Israeli news website Arutz Sheva is reporting that LVS Chairman Sheldon Adelson, the single biggest private American contributor to the state of Israel, is being questioned with regards to a widening corruption probe focused on Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Adelson and fellow tycoon S. Daniel Abraham (Slim Fast inventor) are in Israel for some meetings with Israeli president Shimon Peres, but the report indicates that Adelson was "detained" late Monday for questioning yesterday.

As I'm in Florida and about to spend the afternoon and evening with my 90-year-old grandmother who most certainly has no Internet access, I can't update this at this point. I'll try.