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Ehud Olmert found guilty of hindering the investigation

The Jerusalem magistrate’s court found former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert guilty of hindering the investigation.

The court’s decision was made on the basis of extrajudicial deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to the two counts in exchange for the agreement of law enforcement agencies to mitigate the sentence.

Under the deal, Olmert receives 6 months in jail, which will be served concurrently with the prison term to which he was sentenced under the «Holyland case».

The indictment against Olmert based on audio recordings of conversations with the head of the office of Soloi of appeal, which heard the former Prime Minister tried to persuade his former subordinate not to give against him the testimony, and to destroy the diaries.

We will remind that on December 29 last year, the Supreme court partially upheld the appeal filed by Ehud Olmert on the verdict on the «Holyland affair». The judges acquitted the former Prime Minister on charges of taking a bribe in the amount of 500 thousand shekels, however, unanimously found him guilty of receiving a bribe in the amount of 60 thousand shekels. The sentencing of former Prime Minister commuted from six to fifteen years in prison. Then it was reported that Olmert will begin to serve his sentence on 15 February 2016.

On January 18 of this year the Prosecutor’s office and Olmert came to a pretrial agreement in a case in which he is accused of creating interference in the investigation and the work of the court. Under the agreement, Ehud Olmert pleaded guilty to two paragraphs. Then it became known that he would be sentenced to six months imprisonment and a fine in the amount of 50 thousand shekels.

31 March 2014 the district court in tel Aviv found Olmert guilty of receiving bribes in the Holyland case. According to the verdict of the district court, the former Prime Minister received bribes twice: once in the amount of 500 thousand, and the second time in the amount of 60 thousand shekels. In the verdict, the district court stated that «the former Prime Minister lied during the trial». Actions, which were discussed in the indictment, were committed in the period from 1994 to 2007. Until 2003, Ehud Olmert, held the position of mayor of Jerusalem. According to the testimony of state witness, bribe the mayor agreed to lobby the Holyland building project. It was alleged in the indictment, from the beginning of 90-s building contractor Hillel Cherny, who received land for the construction of a small hotel with 12 thousand square meters, with the help of bribes and bribery of officials has secured the approval of the changes made in the plan for the construction of a large housing complex, a total area of 320 thousand square meters. To a considerable extent these charges were based on the testimony Dahner, which the prosecution recognized a problematic witness. Dehner died on 1 March 2013 after a turbulent court session in which he was questioned by the defense.

25 may 2015 Olmert was sentenced to eight months imprisonment in the case Talansky. The district court in Jerusalem sentenced him to 8 months ‘ suspended imprisonment and a fine in the amount of 100 thousand shekels. The appeal of protection on the sentence pending before the Supreme court.

Ehud Olmert found guilty of hindering the investigation 02.02.2016

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