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Former Israeli PM faces further corruption charges

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Former Israeli PM faces further corruption charges


Former Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, who is already on trial over corruption allegations is now facing further charges. It is alleged that he accepted bribes during his time as Mayor of Jerusalem in the 1990s.

The new accusations relate to the construction of the Holyland towers, an enormous luxury apartment complex on a Jerusalem hilltop. It is claimed the equivalent of millions of euros changed hands to secure planning permission for the building.

Olmert was Israeli prime minister from 2006 to 2009, but his three years in office were dogged by corruption allegations and he eventually agreed to stand down saying that he wanted to clear his name.

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