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Israel's ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in jail on Tuesday for taking bribes in a real estate deal, a crime the judge said was akin to treason.Rozen found Olmert guilty on March 31 of two bribery charges, saying the former prime minister had accepted 500,000 shekels from developers of the Holyland project and 60,000 shekels in a separate real estate deal.Rozen ordered Olmert, 68, to report to prison on Sept. 1, effectively giving his lawyers time to take the case to a higher court and request that he remain free until it rules.Known as one of the country's most gregarious politicians, Olmert sat largely stony-faced during the court session, and made no comment afterwards.A lawyer by profession, Olmert began his political career in the 1970s as a lawmaker who targeted organised crime in Israel.Olmert was among 13 defendants in the Holyland case.
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