1 Apr 2014

Ex-PM found guilty in bribery case

1:26 pm on 1 April 2014

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel, who resigned from office in 2008 amid a corruption inquiry, has been found guilty in a bribery trial arising from a property development in Jerusalem.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Photo: Pool / AFP

Olmert, 68, was convicted on Monday. The former Kadima party leader had denied wrongdoing.

The BBC reports the offences happened when Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and subsequently a government minister.

In 2012, Olmert was cleared of two major corruption charges but convicted of illegally granting favours to a business friend during his time as trade and industry minister.

He was fined $US19,000 and given a suspended sentence of one year in prison.