Israeli Ex-Premier Going to Jail for Turpitude

Israeli Ex-Premier Going to Jail for TurpitudeIsraeli Ex-Premier Going to Jail for Turpitude

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been ordered to serve 18 months in jail for bribery.

Olmert had been sentenced to six years by a lower court in 2014, but this was reduced by the Supreme Court. The 70-year-old was convicted over a real-estate deal that took place while he served as mayor of Beit-ul-Moqaddas prior to becoming prime minister in 2006, BBC reported.

Olmert, who stepped down in 2009, will become the first former Israeli head of government to go to prison. He is due to begin his sentence on 15 February.

The Supreme Court acquitted Olmert of receiving a 500,000-shekel ($130,000) bribe from the developers of Holyland, a controversial block of flats in Beit-ul-Moqaddas, after he appealed against the March 2014 conviction. A separate conviction of illicitly taking a 60,000-shekel payment for another project was upheld.

Several other government officials and businesspeople were convicted alongside Olmert in 2014. The judge at the time said he was guilty of “moral turpitude”.