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Former Israeli premier Olmert found guilty in bribery case


Jerusalem: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was today found guilty of fraud and breach of trust in a retrial on corruption charges, three years after being acquitted. Olmert’s lawyers said they would likely appeal the ruling by the Jerusalem District Court.

He’ll be sentenced at a later court hearing. Olmert was acquitted in 2012 of a series of charges that included accepting cash-stuffed envelopes from US businessman Morris Talansky when Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and a Cabinet minister before he became prime minister. The verdict was seen as a major victory for Olmert.

But Olmert’s former office manager and confidant Shula Zaken later became a state’s witness, offering tape recordings of conversations with Olmert about receiving cash, leading to a retrial.

A panel of judges at the Jerusalem District Court found that Olmert had used the money for personal reasons without reporting it.

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