Ehud Olmert Corruption Appeal Rejected, Ex-Israeli Prime Minister To Serve Another 8 Months

Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks to a lawyer upon his arrival at the Tel Aviv District Court in Israel, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Olmert was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for his role in wide-ranging bribery case, capping a stunning fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the country. (AP Photo/Finbarr O'Reilly, Pool)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s appeal against his conviction in the “cash envelopes” affair, in which he accepted cash-filled envelopes from American Jewish businessman Morris Talansky.

Olmert will thus serve another eight months in prison, on top of the 19 months he is serving for his conviction in the Holyland corruption affair.

The court also rejected the state’s appeal against Olmert’s acquittal in the so-called Rishon Tours affair in which he was charged with double-billing organizations for overseas trips.

The court also rejected the state’s appeal against the leniency of Olmert’s sentence for using his influence at the government’s Investment Center to help a crony.

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