Olmert, just hours before entering jail: 'I did not take bribes'

February 15, 2016 08:10


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Just hours before he is due to begin serving a prison sentence, former premier Ehud Olmert released a videotaped statement to the press on Monday professing his innocence of graft and bribery charges.

“At this hour, it is important for me to say once again that I am innocent of charges that I took bribes,” Olmert said in the clip. “None of the charges stemmed from the time during which served as prime minister.”

Olmert said that his jail sentence “is an unusual, serious event that shows the strength of Israeli democracy.”

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