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Israel's Olmert escapes with suspended sentence

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Israel's Olmert escapes with suspended sentence


Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has escaped prison after being found guilty of breach of trust.

Jerusalem’s District cCurt instead gave Olmert a suspended one-year sentence, and fined him nearly 15,000 euros.

Had he been jailed, he might have been prevented from returning to politics, although he has ruled that out.

He has denied any wrongdoing although he was found guilty of cronyism in July.

“I leave court today walking tall,” he said after the decision.

Another case hangs over Olmert’s head for bribery allegations relating to a housing project when he was Mayor of Jerusalem for a decade from 1993.

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