Prosecution to appeal Olmert verdicts and light sentence

The state prosecution plans to appeal the acquittals of ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert on two corruption charges and the light sentenced handed down against him Monday for breach of faith by the Jerusalem district court. He received a one-year suspended sentence for three years and a fine on three counts of breach of trust, which the court itself castigated as “extremely serious, corrupting and prejudicial to the core values of public service.” The prosecution has 45 days to appeal. Olmert’s lawyers said the appeal had no other motive than persecution.

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