Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Indicted on Corruption Charges

August 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted on Sunday in a corruption scandal that forced his resignation last year, prosecutors announced Sunday.  He stands accused of double billing for trips he made abroad already paid by other organizations, taking cash from an American businessman Morris Talansky for personal use, and granting personal favors on behalf of his former law partner’s clients, when he served as mayor of Jerusalem and in former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government.

Olmert rose to be prime minister in 2006 after then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was incapacitated by a stroke. Haunted by various corruption scandals including investigations into several affairs he was not indicted on, Olmert decided to step down last year as Prime Minister and was succeeded by Benjamin Netanyahu.  This is the first time in Israel’s history that a prime minister, current or past, has been indicted.

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