Former Israeli Prime Minister Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Bribery

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May 13 2014 11:34 AM

Former Israeli Prime Minister Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Bribery

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Olmert leaving Tel Aviv district court in March.

Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, who succeeded Ariel Sharon in office after Sharon's stroke, was sentenced to six years in prison today by an Israeli judge.

Mr. Olmert was found guilty six weeks after a sweeping, yearslong investigation into the planning process surrounding the hulking, hated apartment complex in southern Jerusalem known as Holyland. A judge in 2010 called it “one of the worst corruption affairs in Israeli history”...
Judge Rozen, in issuing a searing 700-page verdict on March 31, said that Mr. Olmert “told lies in court” and that his version of events “has been rejected by me in every way.” The judge found that half a million shekels — about $144,000 today — had been funneled in a series of postdated checks from a financier hired to ease Holyland’s path through the city planning process to Mr. Olmert’s brother, Yossi.
Mr. Olmert was ordered Tuesday to pay restitution plus a fine of nearly $300,000.
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