Israeli Court Acquits Former Prime Minister Olmert
Israel rocked by a blow to State Prosecutor’s office, after former PM Olmert was acquitted by the Israeli courts of charges of wrongdoing, which originally led to his 2008 impeachment:
NOT GUILTY: The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday exonerated former prime minister Ehud Olmert of the majority of the corruption charges brought against him and which prompted his impeachment in 2008 – sending shockwaves through the legal system.
Four years after being charged with fraud, breach of trust, falsifying corporate records, tax evasion and receiving illicit benefits in the cases known as the Talansky Affair and the Rishon Tours double billing scandal, the court acquitted Olmert of any wrongdoing.
The former prime minister was, however, found guilty of breach of trust in the Investment Center case.
Jerusalem District Court President Justice Moussia Arad read the executive summery of the 700-page ruling in case No. 426/09, the State vs. Ehud Olmert, over the course of an hour.