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Olmert 'corruption' trial resumes in Jerusalem


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Olmert 'corruption' trial resumes in Jerusalem

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert said he was pleased “the facts will be clarified” as his corruption trial resumed in Jerusalem.
 
Olmert told reporters he believed he will leave court as “a person innocent of any crime”.
 
He is alleged to have fraudulently received $80,000, or 60,000 euros after “double-billing” for trips abroad. He’s also charged with illegally accepting funds from an American backer.

The 64-year-old former leader of the centrist Kadima party was forced to resign in September 2008 when the allegations surfaced.
 
If found guilty he could be facing a five year prison sentence for each of the four charges he faces.
 
Olmert’s alleged crimes relate to his time as mayor of Jerusalem and when he was the industry and trade minister before he became prime minister in 2006.

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