Ehud Olmert Sentencing in Talansky Affair Today

Jerusalem district court judges on Monday will sentence former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who was found guilty in late March of fraud and breach of trust in the Morris Talansky case.

In the corruption scandal, Olmert was accused of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars – with a large portion of it being passed in envelopes – from American Jewish businessman Morris Talansky, back when Olmert was Jerusalem Mayor and Minister of Trade and Industry. In return for the bribes, Olmert was to give Talansky preferential treatment in advancing his business interests.

While Olmert initially was found innocent in court, his former aide Shula Zaken then came forward with recordings of conversations between herself and him in which he openly admitted to accepting the bribes.

The prosecutor Attorney Uri Korev has requested that the court sentence Olmert to no less than a year of active jail time.

Korev also asked that the jail time be given separately and not as part of the six year sentence Olmert was handed in the infamous Holyland corruption scandal, in which he gave permission for serious breaches of Jerusalem building regulations in return for massive bribes.

In the Holyland case the Supreme Court has yet to make a ruling concerning a petition on the part of the convicted.

Aside from his jail time, the prosecution is demanding Olmert pay a hefty fine which will be larger than the huge bribes he accepted in the Talansky affair.


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