Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert jailed for corruption


Tel Aviv: In a dramatic twist of fate, the former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months of prison on Monday over corruption charges. Olmert was convicted of illegally accepting money from a US supporter.

Olmert was convicted in March in a retrial in Jerusalem District Court. The sentencing comes in addition to a six-year prison sentence he received in 2014 in a separate bribery conviction, ensuring the end of the former premier’s political career.

Olmert had led Israel towards a peace agreement with Palestine but was forced to resign in early 2009 amid the corruption allegations. His departure cleared the way for hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu’s election, and subsequent peace efforts have not succeeded.