Israeli ex-prime minister gets six years in prison
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli media say former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six years in prison for bribery.
The reports say the Tel Aviv District court sentenced Olmert, who was convicted in March, and several others today in a wide-ranging Jerusalem real estate scandal case related to his activities before becoming prime minister in 2006.
The 68-year-old Olmert says he will appeal.
According to the indictment, millions of dollars illegally changed hands to promote a series of real estate projects, including a controversial housing development that required a radical change in zoning laws and earned developers tax breaks and other benefits.
Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and minister of industry and trade at the time. He was forced to resign as premier in 2009 amid a flurry of corruption allegations.