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Former Israel PM Olmert convicted of bribery
Published Monday 31/03/2014 (updated) 01/04/2014 13:29
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Tel Aviv district court has convicted former prime minister Ehud
Olmert, shown here in 2006, in a trial for corruption linked to a
major property development in Jerusalem, Israeli media reports
say.(AFP/File Menahem Kahana)
TEL AVIV (AFP) -- Tel Aviv district court on Monday convicted former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert in a trial for corruption linked to a major property development in Jerusalem, Israeli media reports said.

The ruling marks the first time a former Israeli premier has been convicted of bribery in what has been called one of the worst corruption scandals in the country's history.

According to public Channel 1 television, Olmert was convicted on two counts of receiving bribes linked to construction of Jerusalem's massive Holyland residential complex dating from when he was the city's mayor.

"We're talking about corrupt and filthy practices," Judge David Rosen said while reading out the verdict, his remarks playing out across all Israeli media.

He also spoke of a "corrupt political system which has decayed over the years... and in which hundreds of thousands of shekels were transferred to elected officials".

Rosen also said the former premier had lied to the court in a bid to "blacken the name" of the state's witness.

Olmert reportedly sat expressionless throughout the verdict.

In 2010, Olmert was named the key suspect in the so-called Holyland affair on suspicion that he received bribes totaling some 1.5 million shekels ($430,000), although the prosecution later reduced the sum received by about half.

He was mayor of Jerusalem from 1993 to 2003, after which he served as a cabinet minister, holding the trade and industry portfolio as well as several others, before becoming premier in 2006.

He led the center-right Kadima party into government, but resigned from the premiership in September 2008 after police recommended that he be indicted in several graft cases.

In July 2012, a Jerusalem court found Olmert guilty of breach of trust in a closely watched corruption case, but cleared him on two more serious charges related to the alleged receipt of cash-stuffed envelopes and multiple billing for trips abroad.

He was fined $19,000 and given a suspended jail sentence for graft.

The conviction related to favors that Olmert granted a former colleague while serving as the trade and industry minister.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
31/03/2014 12:03
Funny, one is in jail for raping women and now Olmert convicted for raping his stolen country.

2 ) Mel / USA
31/03/2014 18:09
"worst...scandals in...history...filthy practices,"? I'd say the Nakba is the "worst...scandal"in Zionist history,not to mention USG patronage of it all!That's a JOINT scandal normally called a WAR CRIME in the real international community outside of the D.C & its proxies.'filthy practices'?Well that'd also include Israel's wars(w/out cause)&67yrs brutality/apartheid,where executing/massacring men,women,children get rewarded!Zionism bombing enclaved CIVILIANS is unforgivable"filth"!

3 ) Johnny benson / USA
01/04/2014 02:12
Sarah...at least there's punishment of a sort in Israel...the Arab bosses and Arafat stole 100s of millions from their pauper people..also Arab men commit almost all the rape in your country and Norway and Sweden...and you know this

4 ) Henri / France > Israel
01/04/2014 11:01
And Arafat was never on trial for stealing money from the Palestinian Authority
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