Ehud Olmert, who served as Israel’s prime minister between 2006 and 2009, was sentenced Monday to an eight-month prison term for corruption, and served with a NIS 100,000 fine.

The former premier was sentenced by the Jerusalem District Court after being convicted for fraud under aggravated circumstances. He was found guilty of illegally accepting $600,000 in bribes from businessman Morris Talansky between 1993 and 2002.

Olmert is already serving a six-year prison sentence for taking bribes to facilitate the “Holyland” real estate project in Jerusalem, approved during his tenure as the city’s mayor.

The court agreed to a request by the defense to hold off the sentence for 45 days, allowing for an appeal, which would take the case to the Supreme Court.

State prosecutor Uri Korb said that Olmert had broken the law while he was a high level public servant.

Olmert’s defense team presented a personal letter from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who worked closely with Olmert when the two men were national leaders. Blair wrote that he “could always rely on Mr. Olmert’s word.”

The defense had hoped for a sentence of community service without jail time, however prosecutor Korb commented “the court said that crimes like these could not lead to anything but jail.”

By Zack Pyzer
Tazpit News Agency

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