Former PM Ehud Olmert receives 6-year prison sentence for bribery conviction

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Credit: Maxine Dovere.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, convicted in March of having received bribes to facilitate the construction of the Holyland housing project in Jerusalem a decade ago, was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison.

Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rozen said Olmert’s offense amounted to moral turpitude, and ordered Olmert to pay a $290,000 fine.

According to Israeli law, a public official convicted of a criminal offense to which moral turpitude has been attributed is barred from civil service for seven years, regardless of the length of his sentence.

“Ehud Olmert has gone from holding the highest and most respected position in Israel to that of a felon, one who has been convicted of severe and contemptible offenses,” Rozen said.

Posted on May 13, 2014 .