Former Israeli PM avoids extra jail term

Published January 18th, 2016 - 08:00 GMT
Israeli former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to 18 months of jail for corruption and obstruction of justice. (AFP/File Photo)
Israeli former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to 18 months of jail for corruption and obstruction of justice. (AFP/File Photo)

Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, due to begin serving a jail term in February for corruption, struck a deal Monday with the prosecution to avoid a second term, AFP reported

Israeli public radio said that Olmert's lawyer reached the agreement with the chief prosecutor who has accused Olmert of obstruction of justice.

Olmert had tried to persuade his former secretary Shula Zacken not to testify against him and offered her money in exchange for her silence. Zacken secretly recorded Olmert's attempted bribery.

The prosecutor agreed Monday to allow Olmert to serve six months for obstruction of justice concurrently with his 18-month sentence for corruption.

Olmert is due to appear before the Supreme Court again on Tuesday for a separate case.

His prison term - the first time an Israeli prime minister has gone to jail - begins Feb. 15.


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