One of the most significant corruption trials in Israel’s history will finally come to an end on Tuesday morning, when the Jerusalem District Court pronounces its verdict in the trial of former prime minister Ehud Olmert and his former bureau chief Shula Zaken.
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If the court finds Olmert guilty it will be the first time a former prime minister has been convicted in a criminal trial.
Olmert is being tried on three main charges of corruption – dubbed the Rishon Tours affair, the Talansky or cash envelopes affair and the Investment Center affair – with the indictment spanning events that allegedly took place during 2002-2006, first during Olmert’s tenure as mayor of Jerusalem and later when he served as a government minister.
Other charges listed on the indictment include that Olmert failed to disclosed donations from US businessman Joe Almaliah to the state comptroller.