Supreme Court rules whether former premier Olmert will head to prison

December 29, 2015 06:34

The Supreme Court will decide on Tuesday whether Ehud Olmert will become the first prime minister in history to go behind bars, when it announces its decision on his appeal of his spring 2014 bribery conviction and sixyear jail sentence in the Holyland case.

If the Supreme Court denies the appeal, Olmert goes to jail.

If he wins the appeal, he will reverse a string of losses over the last approximately 18 months and escape the longer of the two jail sentences hanging over his head.

The other jail sentence is a much shorter eight-month term for his fraud conviction in the Talansky retrial this past spring.

The five Supreme Court Justices Salim Joubran, Neal Hendel, Uzi Vogelman, Isaac Amit and Zvi Zilbertal could also uphold Olmert’s conviction, while cutting his jail sentence in half or more. Many observers believe he was given an overly harsh sentence even given the bribery convictions.

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