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Former Israel PM Olmert sentenced to imprisonment in corruption case

Ehud Olmert, the former Prime Minister of Israel sentenced to six years in prison for corrupt practices in real estate projects by a Court.

May 14, 2014 09:09 IST
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The Tel Aviv District Court of Israel on 13 May 2014 sentenced former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to six years in prison for corrupt practices in real estate projects. The court also fined one million shekels (290000 US dollar) to Olmert for his role in the Holyland project.

The Tel Aviv District Court of Israel on 13 May 2014 sentenced former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to six years in prison. He was sentenced for corrupt practices in real estate projects. The court also fined Olmert one million shekels (290000 US dollar) for his role in the Holyland project.

In its decision, Judge David Rosen convicted 68-year-old Olmert of two charges of bribery and they are     
• Acceptance of 500000 shekels from developers of the Holyland project of Jerusalem
• For acceptance of 60000 shekels in a separate real estate deal

The Court has ordered Olmert to report in a prison on 1 September 2014. The time gap has been given to Olmert to take the case to higher court.

Olmert in 1973 became the youngest person ever elected to Israel's Parliament and served as Prime Minister from 2006 to 2009.

Before this, the former Israeli President, Moshe Katsav was convicted on rape charges and is serving a seven-year sentence.

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