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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert found guilty on bribery charges

(JNS.org) Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted by an Israeli court Monday on charges related to bribes he took as part of a real-estate deal.

According to the 700-page verdict issued by the Israeli Justice Department, Olmert, 68, was found guilty of two bribery charges for accepting $160,000 from the developers of the massive Holyland apartment complex in Jerusalem while he was mayor of the city more than a decade ago, Reuters reported.

Olmert resigned as prime minister in 2008 amid a separate corruption scandal. He was later acquitted of most of the charges in that case.

The verdict represents the first time a former Israeli prime minister has been convicted of bribery and will likely end speculation that Olmert will seek public office again. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for late April.

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