Israel Ex-PM Gets 6 Years for Bribery
Ehud Olmert plans to appeal 'unjust' verdict
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 13, 2014 2:44 AM CDT
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends a hearing at Tel Aviv's District Court.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)

(Newser) – Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for bribery today, capping a stunning fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the country. According to the verdict, in the years before Olmert became prime minister in 2006, millions of dollars illegally changed hands to promote a series of real estate projects, including a controversial housing development in Jerusalem that required a radical change in zoning laws and earned developers tax breaks and other benefits. At the time, Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and minister of industry and trade. He was accused of taking bribes to push the project forward.

The 68-year-old Olmert said he will appeal both the verdict and the sentence to Israel's Supreme Court. Shortly before the sentencing, Olmert's spokesman insisted the former premier was innocent. "This is a sad day where a serious and unjust verdict is expected to be delivered against an innocent man," he said. A series of other former government officials, developers, and businesspeople were sentenced to terms of between three and five years.

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Carl
May 13, 2014 11:20 AM CDT
wait......another hook-nose found guilty of crimes involving MONEY....this MUST be a mistake....these sewer rats are beanie-wearing slimeballs. All aboard for the family camps
fred lapides
May 13, 2014 6:32 AM CDT
when we put aside the snarky remarks made by those who hate Israel, what we have is a nation willing to send a top guy to jail for violation of the law. How many bankers in my nation--the U.S.--have gone to jail for bringing about financial ruin for so many people in our recent major recession?
pearlybay
May 13, 2014 6:24 AM CDT
sadly justice is metered out by how much money you have. Even if his appeal is denied, he will serve an easier time in jail, due to the money he stole