Ramla – Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert entered Maasiyahu Prison at 10 a.m. this morning to start serving a sentence of at least 19 months.
Before becoming a prisoner, Olmert released a three-minute video statement – which can be seen below – in which he denied the charges against him and said that he accepts the sentence “with a heavy heart.”
Olmert, who was elected prime minister in 2006 and served in that role until 2009, is the first prime minister in Israeli history to serve a prison term. He was first charged in 2009 with fraud, bribery, tax evasion, and breach of trust in a number of different corruption cases. He was convicted of breach of trust in 2012 and of bribery in May, 2014.
VIDEO – OLMERT’S STATEMENT:
VIDEO – OLMERT LEAVING FOR PRISON:
VIDEO – NEWS REPORT:
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel