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Questions over former Israel PM's future moves


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Questions over former Israel PM's future moves

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert could be set for a return to politics.

The 66-year-old has been spared a jail sentence after he was found guilty of breach of trust.

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

However, the Israeli Deputy State Attorney raised the prospect of an appeal when he said, “the episode is not over, not entirely over.”

Olmert described himself as guilty of a, “procedural irregularity” and did not elaborate on his future plans.

“I said previously that whatever is connected to the mistakes that I was convicted for, I accept and respect the court’s decision and will learn the necessary lessons from it,” he said.

The sentence refers to a case while he was trade and industry minister.

If the centrist politician decides to re-enter the political arena he will be barred from holding a cabinet post. That is because he is still fighting a separate bribery case.

The case is over his role in a controversial housing project when he was mayor of Jerusalem for a decade from 1993. Olmert denies any wrongdoing.

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