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Olmert’s Corruption Trial Opens in Israel

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Posted on Sep 25, 2009
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Ehud Olmert maintains his innocence and scoffed at suggestions he might go to prison.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is being tried on charges of corruption that allegedly occurred while he was Jerusalem’s mayor and later a Cabinet member. Olmert maintains his innocence, claiming a three-year smear campaign forced him to resign as prime minister a year ago.  —JCL

The BBC:

The trial of the former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on corruption charges has begun in Jerusalem.

Mr Olmert, the first Israeli prime minister to stand trial, denies charges of failing to declare income, breaching trust and falsifying corporate records.

The charges relate to the periods when Mr Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and a cabinet minister, but before he became the Israeli prime minister in 2006.

As he arrived in court, Mr Olmert insisted he was not guilty.

“I came here as an innocent man and I believe I will leave here as an innocent man,” he said.

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By Folktruther, September 26, 2009 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

As both the US and Israel degenerate into barbarism, Israel still maintains laws againt the powerful.  Surprisingly the President was indicted for rape and the premier for bribery.  They would probably be given Medaals of Freedom in the US.  this may be due it a still partially independant media.  the political theater might still hve sume political substance.  I wouldn’t think for long.

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By Ed Harges, September 25, 2009 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

Olmert is a butcher, and we Americans were forced by our Israeli-occupied
Congress to subsidize and endorse his butchery. Why the hell should we care
whether he’s got some unpaid Israeli library fines or speeding tickets? If he’s been
“breaching the trust” of the greedy, ethnic supremacist taxpayers of Israel, well,
they deserve that, and plenty worse. They deserve a million Olmerts, and a billion
Madoffs.

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