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Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert Convicted Of Corruption

Ehud Olmert (right), seen here in custody in 2009, served as Israel's prime minister from 2006 to 2008.Ehud Olmert (right), seen here in custody in 2009, served as Israel's prime minister from 2006 to 2008.
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Ehud Olmert (right), seen here in custody in 2009, served as Israel's prime minister from 2006 to 2008.
Ehud Olmert (right), seen here in custody in 2009, served as Israel's prime minister from 2006 to 2008.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of one corruption charge but acquitted of two other counts in a verdict announced by a Jerusalem court on July 10.

He could face up to five years in prison for the conviction.

Olmert, 66, was acquitted of charges of receiving bribes from a Jewish-American businessman and overcharging Israeli charities for his fund-raising trips abroad.

He was convicted of bribery in connection with his term as Jerusalem mayor and Israeli trade and industry minister, before he became prime minister in 2006.

Olmert denies the charges.

The former prime minister is also still facing charges in a separate trial in which he is accused of accepting bribes to promote a controversial Jerusalem building project.

Olmert resigned as premier in 2008.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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