Former Israeli PM's jail term cut to 18 months

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Former Israeli PM's Jail Term Cut to 18 Months


The Israel Supreme Court partially overturned the bribery conviction of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and reduced his jail sentence from six years to 18 months.

Olmert was found guilty of two counts of bribery in 2014 for allegedly accepting two sums of money from developers of an apartment complex.

The Supreme Court said it had not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Olmert had taken the larger sum of money, but it DID uphold his conviction on accepting the smaller amount.

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Former Israeli PM's jail term cut to 18 months
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert (L) speaks with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman before US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers the keynote address at the 10th Anniversary Saban Forum, Power Shifts: US-Israel Relations in a Dynamic Middle East, in Washington on December 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert smiles as he waits in a court room in Jerusalem's District Court on Monday, March 30, 2015. The court later found Olmert guilty of accepting bribes in a retrial of corruption charges, (AP Photo/Abir Sultan, Pool)
FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2014 file photo, Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends a hearing at Tel Aviv's District Court. Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of Olmert’s prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, center, waits in a courtroom before a verdict in Jerusalem's District Court on Monday, March 30, 2015. The court later found Olmert guilty of accepting bribes in a retrial of corruption charges. (AP Photo/Abir Sultan, Pool)
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (R) leaves Tel Aviv's district court after a hearing in his trial for corruption linked to a major property development on May 13, 2014. Olmert, 68, who was convicted on March 31, 2014 on two charges of taking bribes was sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of a million shekels ($290,000/210,000 euros) over his involvement in one of the country's worst-ever corruption scandals. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (C) leaves Tel Aviv's district court after a hearing in his trial for corruption linked to a major property development on May 13, 2014. Olmert, 68, who was convicted on March 31, 2014 on two charges of taking bribes was sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of a million shekels ($290,000/210,000 euros) over his involvement in one of the country's worst-ever corruption scandals. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (L) arrives for his trial for corruption linked to a major property development on May 13, 2014 at the district court of the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv. Olmert, 68, who was convicted on March 31, 2014 on two charges of taking bribes was sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of a million shekels ($290,000/210,000 euros) over his involvement in one of the country's worst-ever corruption scandals. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert waits before the start of a hearing in his trial for corruption linked to a major property development on March 31, 2014 at Tel Aviv District Court. The court found Olmert guilty of bribery linked to the construction of the massive Holyland residential complex when he served as the city's mayor, in one of the worst corruption scandals in Israeli history. AFP PHOTO / POOL / DAN BALILTY (Photo credit should read DAN BALILTY/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrives at Tel Aviv District Court for his trial for corruption linked to a major property development on March 31, 2014. The court found Olmert guilty of bribery linked to the construction of the massive Holyland residential complex when he served as the city's mayor, in one of the worst corruption scandals in Israeli history. AFP PHOTO / POOL / OLIVER WEIKEN (Photo credit should read OLIVER WEIKEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, DC, June 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Israel's outgoing premier Ehud Olmert (R) speaks to prime-minister designate Benjamin Netanyahu before the start of the swearing-in of the latter's new coalition government in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on March 31, 2009. Netanyahu said he was willing to talk peace with the Palestinians as he presented his cabinet for parliamentary approval amid international concern Israel's new government could bury the negotiations. AFP PHOTO/POOL/YOSSI ZAMIR -- ISRAEL OUT -- (Photo credit should read YOSSI ZAMIR/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM - MARCH 31: Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sums up the achievements of his government during the swearing-in session of incoming premier Benjamin Netanyahu's new coalition in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, on March 31, 2009 in Jerusalem, Israel. Olmert faces prosecution on charges of corruption after leaving office. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MARCH 3: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout from the Israeli GPO, U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at the prime minister's residence on March 3, 2009 in Jeruslaem, Israel. Hillary Clinton is at the start of a two-day visit to the region where she held talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Designate Binyamin Netanyahu before meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmood Abbas. (Photo by GPO via Getty Images)
JERUSALEM - MARCH 31: Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (R) talks with his outgoing Finance Minister Roni Bar-On during the swearing-in session of incoming premier Benjamin Netanyahu's new coalition in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, on March 31, 2009 in Jerusalem. Olmert faces prosecution on charges of corruption after leaving office. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert comes out of a sentence hearing in his corruption case at Jerusalem's District Court on September 24, 2012. A Jerusalem court handed Olmert a $19,000 fine and a suspended jail sentence for graft, meaning he will serve no jail time, Israeli media reported. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/GettyImages)
Surrounded by security, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert is greeted by an unidentified man as he leaves the Jerusalem district court following his arraignment on July 10, 2012. An Israeli court acquitted Olmert on two key corruption charges and found him guilty on a lesser charge, media reported. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/GettyImages)
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks to the media after hearing the verdict in his trial, in Jerusalem's District Court, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. An Israeli court on Tuesday cleared Olmert of the major charges in a corruption trial that forced him from power. Olmert was found guilty of a lesser offense, and it was not clear whether that verdict could send him to jail. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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After the ruling, Olmert said he felt vindicated.

"A large weight has been lifted from my heart when the Supreme Court decided to acquit me of the main charge in the Holyland affair."

Olmert will begin serving his term in February and will become the country's first head of government to be imprisoned.

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