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Ehud Olmert (Hebrew: אהוד אולמרט‎, IPA: [eˈhud ˈolmeʁt] ( listen); born 30 September 1945) is an Israeli politician and lawyer. He served as Prime Minister of Israel from 2006 to...

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Former PM Ehud Olmert Acquitted On Central Corruption Charges

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday was acquitted of central corruption charges against him in the Rishon Tours and Talansky affairs, and was found guilty of breach of trust in the Investment Center affair.In one of the most significant corruption trials in Israel's history, Olmert was being tried on three main charges of corruption -- dubbed the Rishon Tours affair, the Talansky or cash envelopes affair and the Investment Center affair. The indictment spanned events that allegedly took place during 2002-2006, first during Olmert's tenure as mayor of Jerusalem and later when he served as a government minister. Olmert's former bureau chief Shula Zaken, accused of aiding Olmert in relation to the Talansky and Rishon Tours affairs, and also of wiretapping conversations in Olmert's bureau, was convicted on two counts of fraud and breach of trust in the Rishon Tours affair.The Rishon Tours charge alleged that Olmert double-billed various nonprofit organizations for overseas flights, and used the extra money -- which the prosecution alleges totaled over $92000 -- to pay for private trips for himself and his family, via his travel agency Rishon Tours. Olmert's longtime friend and former partner -- who applied to the Investment Center for state grants and other benefits. While most criminal trials are heard by a single judge, in Olmert's case, three judges -- Jerusalem District Court President Moussia Arad, Judge Jacob Zaban and Judge Moshe Sobel -- presided over the <b>...</b>
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