Israeli Court Clears Olmert of Major Corruption Charges

Posted July 10th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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An Israeli court has acquitted former prime minister Ehud Olmert of two major corruption charges, while convicting him of a lesser offense.

The court said Tuesday Mr. Olmert was guilty of breach of trust in connection with aiding a friend while serving as Israel's trade and industry minister.

He was also facing allegations of illegally accepting funds from an American businessman and double-billing Jewish groups for trips abroad.

Mr. Olmert denied any wrongdoing, but resigned as prime minister after being indicted in 2008.

He is still facing trial in connection with a bribery scandal during his time as Jerusalem's mayor.