Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, 68, has been sentenced to six years in jail for his role in the Holy Land corruption case, the Euro News website reports today (May 13, 2014).
Ten individuals have been convicted in the process which involves bribery connected to the development of a controversial residential project in Jerusalem. Olmert pocketed 105,000 euros while mayor of the city.
His lawyer Eli Zohar confirmed that Olmert is appealing the case to a higher court: "He did not take bribes, he didn't receive a bribe, he says he is innocent and will go with us to the Supreme Court."
Prosecution lawyer Liat Ben-Ali believes justice has been served: "The court has spoken, read the words and take them on board. Whoever accepts bribes, whoever gives bribes is corrupt. And whoever is corrupt goes to jail for a long time."