Former Israel PM Ehud Olmert handed suspended sentence

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2012
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Former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been handed a suspended jail sentence and a fine for breach of trust.

A Jerusalem court convicted Olmert in July of being improperly involved in directing contracts to friends of a business associate.

On Monday he was sentenced to serve one to three years on probation and pay a NIS 75,000 (£11,800) fine. He will not be forced to carry out community work.

The conviction related to incidents which took place while he was serving as industry, trade and labour minister.

The ministry’s Investment Centre allocated contracts to companies represented by Uri Messer, a former business partner of Olmert.

Judges said Olmert had improperly favoured Mr Messer four times.

State prosecutors had called for Olmert to be jailed for six months.

Last updated: 1:31pm, September 24 2012