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Olmerts Day of Judgement

  • By : Brian Bush
  • May 13, 2014
  • 4:53 pm

Hello All,

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who was forced to resign as Prime Minister in 2009 when confronted by multiple corruption allegations, was in court today to receive his sentence.

The Tel Aviv District Court sentenced Mr. Olmert, 68, to 6 years in prison, and he will be the first Israeli PM to go to jail.

The conviction on two counts of bribery this past March was over a real estate deal that took place while he served as mayor of Jerusalem.

In addition to the jail time which is to begin September 1st, the judge fined Mr. Olmert 1 million shekels (roughly $300,000) while also ordering authorities to seize 500,000 shekels (roughly $150,000) in funds from him.

Mr. Olmert made clear before the sentence was announced that he will be appealing to the Supreme Court.

His lawyer had asked that the court to give him community service as opposed to jail time.

The attempt to over turn the conviction will be difficult.

The judge in Mr. Olmert's case squarely cited facts in his ruling along with his impressions of testimony.

Additionally, the Supreme Court rarely over turn lower court rulings.

When the former Prime Minister was at his pre-sentencing hearing he stood defiant, proclaiming his innocence of the charges against him.

His lawyer reportedly asked Mr. Olmert to make a statement of regret for his actions in order to receive a lesser sentence than what the prosecution sought (a minimum of 6 years in jail).

Today in the court to receive the judge's sentence Mr. Olmert stood with his head bowed looking to the ground on his day of judgement.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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