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Olmert: From Israel's 'best' to first bribery convict

Published on May 13, 2014 4:27 PM
 
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (centre) arrives at the Tel Aviv District Court, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 13, 2014. Ehud Olmert was once described as "probably the best" politician Israel had ever produced, but a major graft scandal has tarred him as the first ex-premier to face prison for bribery. -- PHOTO: EPA

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Ehud Olmert was once described as "probably the best" politician Israel had ever produced, but a major graft scandal has tarred him as the first ex-premier to face prison for bribery.

Like many of his predecessors, the 68-year-old's reputation has been dragged through the mud by his links to a string of corruption allegations. But on Tuesday, he was sentenced by a Tel Aviv court to six years behind bars and handed a fine of one million shekels (S$361,860) after being convicted in March on two charges of bribery in one of the worst corruption scandals in Israeli history.

The trial, which included 16 defendants and ran for more than two years, was linked to the construction of Jerusalem's massive Holyland residential complex when Olmert served as the city's mayor and later as a cabinet minister.

"He held the most important and central position and ended up convicted of contemptible crimes," sentencing judge David Rosen said.

 
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