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Israeli's Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Begins Jail Term Today

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Published on 07/18/19 / In News & Politics

JERUSALEM β€” Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert started serving a 19-month sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice Monday, making him first Israeli premier to be imprisoned. The 70-year-old's incarceration capped a years-long legal saga that forced him to resign in 2006 amid the last serious round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Olmert walked into the Maasiyahu prison in central Israel hours after he released a video making a last-minute plea to Israelis meant to salvage his legacy. In the video, he appealed on the nation to remember his peace-making efforts as leader and denied any wrongdoing in the bribery conviction against him.

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