Israel's Olmert gets light sentence for conviction

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Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:01 AM
Israel's Olmert gets light sentence for conviction

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has received a fine and a suspended jail sentence in a corruption scandal, clearing a major hurdle in a possible return to politics.

A Jerusalem court ordered Olmert on Monday to pay a fine of about $18,000 and serve a one-year suspended sentence for his breach of trust conviction. He was not given jail time or community service.

By avoiding these stiffer penalties, Olmert is now eligible to run for parliament, though he remains barred from serving in a Cabinet post while he faces another corruption trial.

Olmert was convicted in July of breach of trust for helping allocate government contracts to a friend's associates. At the time, he was acquitted of more serious corruption charges that forced him to resign three years ago.