Former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Monday morning was set to be sentenced by the Jerusalem District Court for accepting envelopes full of cash from American businessman and fundraiser Morris Talansky in exchange for political favors.
Olmert was convicted earlier this year in the “cash envelopes” affair. The conviction carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, but the state prosecutor has urged that the expremier serve eight to 18 months. Olmert earlier in May asked the court to be lenient in his sentencing for the graft conviction, telling judges he had suffered during trials over the last seven years.
This month, when state prosecutor Uri Korb asked the court to send Olmert to prison for eight to 18 months, he requested that this sentence not be served simultaneously with the six-year sentence Olmert was given last year in a separate real estate bribery trial known as the Holyland affair. Korb also asked the court to fine Olmert an amount exceeding the bribes he is believed to have received from Talansky.
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