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Former Israel PM Olmert convicted of bribery: report

Published on Mar 31, 2014 3:09 PM
 
Tel Aviv district court on Monday, March 31, 2014, convicted former prime minister Ehud Olmert in a trial for corruption linked to a major property development in Jerusalem, Israeli media reports said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TEL AVIV (AFP) - Tel Aviv district court on Monday convicted former 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 Israeli history.

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

Olmert was in 2010 named as the key suspect in the so-called Holyland affair on suspicion that he received bribes totalling some 1.5 million shekels (S$ 540,000), although the prosecution later reduced the sum received by about half.

 
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