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March 30, 2015 2:29 pm

Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert Found Guilty of Bribery in Retrial

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Ehud Olmert was convicted for bribery after previously being acquitted. Photo Wikimedia Commons. – Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was convicted for bribery in a retrial at the Jerusalem District Court after previously being acquitted. Olmert was found guilty of accepting illegal payments from an American businessman in 2012 based on new evidence reviewed by the court.

The court ruled that Olmert received about $600,000 from Morris Talansky while he was mayor of Jerusalem, and additional funds while he served as a cabinet minister. The court did not rule, however, that Olmert used the money for any illegal activities.

“In light of the new evidence, we have changed our conclusion… The defendant was obligated to report that cash to the state comptroller. Failure to report precluded any oversight and thus a causative connection was established. His (Olmert’s) efforts to convince (Olmert aid Shula) Zaken to say the money was a campaign fund indicate that he knew what he was doing,” the three judges who made the ruling wrote in their decision, according to Israel Hayom.

In March 2014, Olmert was found guilty on different bribery charges, for accepting $160,000 from the developers of the massive Holyland apartment complex in Jerusalem while he was mayor.

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  • dante

    the damage that olmert did the country and to Jerusalem, most especially, is incalculable. the only thing that this slug cared about was himself: he would say anything, bend in any direction, support any stupid, ugly project if there were something in it for him.

    the land will be scarred for the foreseeable future by ugly projects greenlighted by this ugly man, who could only think of himself.

    when olmert had discredited himself with his erstwhile political allies (he had always represented himself as a nationalist), olmert had no problem doing a fast shuffle over to the left. olmert, then, was able to claim that the corruption charges against him were brought for political reasons…another sad story, according olmert, of a virtuous man of vision brought low by his nasty and short-sighted political enemies. disgusting blight on the country.

    olmert seems to have the title of “worst prime minister” locked up. let’s hope he never has any close competition for the title.