Israel’s ex PM Ehud Olmert sentenced to six years for bribery

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Newscast Media TEL AVIV—An Israeli court has handed down a prison sentence to
Ehud Olmert on bribery charges. The former Israeli prime minister had been found
guilty of an illegal real estate scheme during his time as mayor of Jerusalem.

A Tel Aviv district court sentenced ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to six years
in prison over a real estate scheme in Jerusalem, where he served as mayor from
1993 to 2003. The 68-year-old former head of government vowed to appeal the court
decision.

“[He] abused his senior position as a public interest to promote his [own] interests
and received huge sums,” Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rosen read from his
50-page sentencing.

“A public official who accepts bribes is tantamount to a traitor,” he added.
Olmert was also fined 1 million shekels (210,000 euros, $290,000) for the bribery
charges. The former prime minister maintains he was innocent of the charges levied
against him.

In March, Olmert was found guilty of two counts of bribery predating his 2006-2008
stint as prime minister. According to the court’s findings, Olmert accepted more than
166,000 euros from developers of the Holyland apartment complex in Jerusalem in
exchange for smoothing over legal and zoning restrictions.

Others have been accused in the case, including Shula Zaken, who served as
Olmert’s aide.

The bribery allegations against Olmert weren’t the first to plague the Israeli politician.
In 2009, a separate corruption case led to his resignation from the premiership. He
was later given a suspended sentence and fined $19,000.

Source: Radio Deutsche Welle

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