State Attorney: We are appealing Olmert acquittals

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October 16, 2012 20:17

The state attorney announced officially for the first time on Tuesday night that it is appealing the acquittals of former prime minister Ehud Olmert in the Jerusalem District Court corruption case to the Supreme Court.

Ending almost three months of speculation since his acquittals in July, the state notified Olmert's legal team head Eli Zohar that it will be appealing both the verdict and the sentence in the corruption case.

The decision could have tremendous repercussions on the upcoming elections, which Olmert has considered taking part in as a challenger to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

If the state wins at the Supreme Court level, Olmert could be convicted of harsher crimes than he was at trial and even still end up going to jail.

Whether the state wins or not, appealing in the midst of election season, which many will say influenced the state's decision, could have a heavy impact on Olmert's decision as to whether he wants to run or not.


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