Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for his role in wide-ranging bribery case, capping a stunning fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the country.
The Tel Aviv district court handed down the punishment in the Jerusalem real estate scandal case related to Olmert’s activities before becoming prime minister in 2006. Tuesday’s sentencing followed a guilty verdict that was handed down by the same court in March.
The 68-year-old Olmert, who stood stoically in the courtroom in a navy blue shirt, has insisted he is innocent and that he never took a bribe.
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