Former Israeli prime minister cleared of major corruption charges

Former Israeli prime minister cleared of major corruption charges

POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 7:30am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 7:34am

An Israeli court tuesday cleared former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of the major charges in his corruption trial that forced him from power. Olmert was found guilty of a lesser offense and it was not clear whether that verdict could send him to jail.

Olmert was convicted of breach of trust which does carry a prison term. If sent to jail he would become the first Israeli prime minister to serve time. The 66 year old Olmert was acquitted of illegally accepting cash-stuffed envelopes from an American supporter.

 

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