Israel former PM Olmert to serve 18-month in jail for bribery



    Israel former PM Olmert to serve 18-month in jail for bribery

    Dec 29, Jerusalem: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been ordered to serve 18 months in jail for bribery, reducing the sentences from six years.

    Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday reduced Olmert's prison sentence for a sweeping bribery scandal from six years to 18 months, partially accepting his appeal and clearing the ex-premier of the main bribery charge against him, news reports said. He was sentenced to six years by a lower court in 2014.

    Olmert, 70,  was convicted over a real estate deal that took place while he served as mayor of Jerusalem, prior to becoming prime minister in 2006.

    Olmert, who stepped down in 2009, will become the first former Israeli head of government to go to prison.
    He is due to begin his sentence on 15 February.

    The Supreme Court acquitted Olmert of receiving a 500,000-shekel ($130,000; £86,000) bribe from the developers of Holyland, a controversial block of flats in Jerusalem, after he appealed against the March 2014 conviction.

    A separate conviction of illicitly taking a 60,000-shekel payment for another project was upheld.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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