Ex-“Israeli” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment on Tuesday for accepting bribes linked to a real-estate deal, the first time a former head of government in “Israel” has been ordered jailed.
Olmert, who launched the 2006 invasion of Lebanon that killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, had denied wrongdoing in the Holyland apartment complex deal, which took place while he was in his previous post of Jerusalem mayor.
The real corruption case is considered the largest of its kind in the Zionist entity’s history.
“Israeli” “Judges” ruled that the seven jail sentences handed out on Tuesday would begin on the first of September and fines would be paid out in 10 payments.
The case marks the first time an “Israeli” prime minister was convicted of a felony and now, with his sentencing, the first time a former prime minister has ever been sentenced to jail time.
Regarding the entire affair, the “judge” said “those who give bribes are corrupt, but those who receive it inspire disgrace. Receiving graft is like treason.”
Tel Aviv Court Judge David Rosen convicted Olmert at the end of March of two charges of bribery, and said he accepted NIS 560,000 from developers of the Holyland project of in Occupied al-Quds at the time he served as the mayor.
Additional sentencing included Hillel Cherney, who was the developer behind the Holyland project and was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison and fined NIS 2 million. Cherney was convicted of 19 offences of corruption and a slew of additional graft and break of trust offences.
Danny Dankner, the former chairman of “Israel’s” second-biggest bank, also received three years in jail during Tuesday’s sentencing.
Avigdor Kelner, also a developer in the project and who was convicted of two corruption charge in the affair, was sentenced to three years and fined NIS 1 million.
Olmert reportedly used the money to pay the debts of his brother Yossi and close personal debts he acquired during his campaigns, paid to his assistant Shula Zaken, who weeks before the end of the trial became a witness for the prosecution in a plea bargain deal which Judge Rosen is expected to reject on the claim that the testimony of Olmert’s brother, and not that of Zaken, was what incriminated the former prime minister.
Olmert spoke in court, and reiterated his denial of the allegations regarding his role in the affair. He said that the “conviction was a shock for me. I knew it was based on a fundamental mistake, which is just wrong,” he said.
“I am proud,” Olmert continued, “of the decade in which I ran the honest city. The right path is to appeal the decision and turn to the High Court. I believe it will make the effort to see the whole picture and reach the conclusion that I never took any bribe, not directly and not indirectly, not for my affiliates and not for my family – that is the truth.”
His lawyers are expected to request a stay in the implementation of his sentence.