All three cases involve incidents that occurred before he became prime minister, during his terms as industry minister and/or mayor of Jerusalem.
The former prime minister maintains innocence of bribery as he heads to a newly renovated wing of the Ma'asiyahu Prison for 19 months.
Two weeks before Supreme Court hearing on appeal in the ‘cash envelopes’ case, lawyers have not received response to request for concurrent prison sentences and other dispensation in return for stopping legal proceedings on Olmert's behalf.
Justices handed out some undeserved celebrity discounts in the Holyland affair, including to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Meanwhile, former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski remains the chief bribe taker in the Holyland affair, even if most of the money went to charity.
The ex-PM should have said: ‘I expect the citizens of this country to take part in processes that not everyone accepts. I must now apply this expectation to myself.’
Olmert's conviction shows that even a prime minister isn’t above the law, and will, under certain circumstances, pay for his corrupt behavior. But this isn’t enough.
The former prime minister should not have celebrated his partial acquittal. It won’t help him. He will always be remembered as corrupt.
Danny Dankner had been jailed for fraud and breach of trust in his capacity as chairman of the bank, but is now awaiting an additional two years in prison.
The Supreme Court's five justices reduced charges and punishment meted out to former PM in the Holyland case, but were at odds over nuances of Olmert brothers' relations with each other and state's witness.