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Israel: Ex-PM Olmert begins prison sentence for corruption01:07

Israel: Ex-PM Olmert begins prison sentence for corruption

Israel, Ramla
February 15, 2016 at 10:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrived at the Maasiyahu prison in Ramla, Monday, to begin a 19-month jail sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.

In March 2014 Olmert was found guilty of accepting a $129,000 (€115,106) bribe from a group of real estate developers and a $15,416 (€13,692) bribe from another group of developers during his time as the mayor of Jerusalem.

The 70-year-old was originally handed a six-year sentence, but it was reduced to 18 months in December after the Supreme Court cleared him of the charge connected to the $129,000 (€115,106) bribe. An extra month was then added to his sentence for obstruction of justice, after the former prime minister admitted to trying to persuade his ex-secretary to not testify against him.

Olmert said that he “rejects outright” the bribery charges; in a video he released to press hours before he was due to begin his sentence.

Israel: Ex-PM Olmert begins prison sentence for corruption01:07
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrived at the Maasiyahu prison in Ramla, Monday, to begin a 19-month jail sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.

In March 2014 Olmert was found guilty of accepting a $129,000 (€115,106) bribe from a group of real estate developers and a $15,416 (€13,692) bribe from another group of developers during his time as the mayor of Jerusalem.

The 70-year-old was originally handed a six-year sentence, but it was reduced to 18 months in December after the Supreme Court cleared him of the charge connected to the $129,000 (€115,106) bribe. An extra month was then added to his sentence for obstruction of justice, after the former prime minister admitted to trying to persuade his ex-secretary to not testify against him.

Olmert said that he “rejects outright” the bribery charges; in a video he released to press hours before he was due to begin his sentence.

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