Israel’s Former PM Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For...

Israel’s Former PM Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Bribery

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Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six years in prison for taking bribes.

The corruption case has resulted in the first criminal conviction of a former head of government.

Corruption allegations forced Olmert to resign as prime minister in 2008.

68-year-old Olmert had denied wrongdoing in a property deal that took place while he was in his previous post of Jerusalem mayor.

In the new corruption trial, Judge David Rozen found the former prime minister guilty of two bribery charges and said he accepted $144,000 from developers of the Holyland apartment building complex in Jerusalem and $17,000 in a separate property project.

His lawyers were expected to ask the Tel Aviv court that passed sentence to allow Olmert to remain free until the Supreme Court rules on an appeal against his March 31 conviction, a process that could take months.

The veteran politician was acquitted two years ago of most of the major charges brought against him in separate cases involving his links to a US businessman.

This conviction may end Olmerts political career permanently.

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