TIME Middle East

Former Israeli Leader Convicted of Bribery

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (center) waits to hear his verdict at the Tel Aviv District Court on March 31, 2014.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (center) waits to hear his verdict at the Tel Aviv District Court on March 31, 2014. Dan Balilty—Reuters

The conviction of Ehud Olmert closes a massive corruption case that is likely to end his hopes of returning to public office and may put him in jail. He resigned in 2009 and was charged with taking bribes from the developers of a Jerusalem housing project

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted of bribery Monday in a major a major real estate scandal likely to end any hope of a political comeback

Olmert, who served as prime minister from 2006 to 2009, was found guilty of accepting bribes to promote several controversial housing projects while he was mayor of Jerusalem and Minister of Industry and Trade, the Associated Press reports. Several other powerful Israelis, including Olmert’s mayoral successor Uri Lupolianski, were also convicted in the case.

The case is the latest and largest in a series of corruption scandals Olmert has faced since he was forced to step down as prime minister in 2009 over. corruption allegations. The sentence, which could include jail time, will be handed down in late April.

[AP]

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