Legal expert: If Olmert is convicted he'll get a long prison sentence

A day after Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz filed an indictment against Ehud Olmert, a criminal law expert on Monday morning said that if the former prime minister is convicted, he will probably be sent to prison for a long period of time. "If he is convicted of the incredibly corrupt crimes with which he has been charged, I don't see how the court can avoid sentencing him to a long prison term," Professor Emanuel Gross told Army Radio. Responding to remarks by Olmert's legal team, who have predicted the case will be "an embarrassment to prosecutors," Gross explained that while the indictment is clearly unusually harsh, "both in scope and in severity," the prosecution would not have taken the former premier to court had they not been convinced they had a firmly based case. "The prosecution has 'done its homework.' Otherwise it wouldn't have taken Olmert to court," the legal expert said.