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Former Israel Prime Minister Olmert Convicted of Bribery

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By    |   Monday, 31 Mar 2014 08:03 AM

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted of bribery committed while he was mayor of Jerusalem from 1993 to 2003, Israel Radio reported.

The case involved construction of a housing development known as Holyland. In 2010, businessman Shmuel Dachner turned state's witness and implicated Olmert in the scandal. Dachner died in 2013 after a long illness.

In his ruling, Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rosen said Olmert lied to the court.

Olmert also paid the legal expenses of his former office manager who had – until last week – refused to testify against him.

The judge said the aide, Shula Zaken, would nevertheless have to pay the price of her refusal to testify. Among those convicted in the scandal was Uri Lupolianski, who succeeded Olmert as Jerusalem mayor.

Olmert was separately convicted in 2012 of breach of trust in another case involving financial irregularities while he was a cabinet minister. He was fined and handed a suspended sentence.

Olmert became premier after Ariel Sharon was felled by a stroke. Elected in his own right, he served from 2006 to 2009.

A sentencing hearing is set for April 28 in the Holyland case. Olmert faces a possible prison term. He would be the first ex-prime minister to be sent to prison in Israel's history. Former President Moshe Katsav is currently serving a sentence for rape.

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