Saturday 7 December 2019

Former Israel PM faces jail after bribery conviction

Israel's former prime minister has been convicted of bribery. Photo: REUTERS
Israel's former prime minister has been convicted of bribery. Photo: REUTERS

Robert Tait Jerusalem

Ehud Olmert, Israel's former prime minister, has been convicted of bribery in a verdict that effectively ended his political career and left him facing a probable jail sentence.

A judge in a Tel Aviv court yesterday found Mr Olmert, who was Israel's prime minister from 2006 until 2009, guilty of accepting bribes totalling €230,000 to help a housing project known as the Holyland while he was mayor of Jerusalem more than a decade ago.

A sentencing hearing is expected next month, with legal experts predicting that Mr Olmert (68) can expect time in prison.

The charges related to a high-rise development that has turned into an infamous blot on Jerusalem's historic landscape.

Planning and zoning law had to be changed under Mr Olmert's municipal administration to allow building work to go ahead.

He could face further charges of obstruction of justice after it was revealed that he had tried to persuade his former long-standing personal assistant to provide untruthful evidence. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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