Israel’s Supreme Court sentenced ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert to 18 months in prison, making him the first prime minister convicted of any crime. A lower court had sentenced him to six years in jail for two counts of bribery associated with the Holyland affair, but the Supreme Court overturned one of the convictions.
Olmert begins doing time on February 15. Seven other former officials and businessmen, including ex-Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski were also sentenced.
With former president Moshe Katsav in jail for rape and other sexual offences, various other politicians either also behind bars or facing serious fraud or sexual molestation charges, it’s beginning to look more and more like the formation of a government in exile. With other ex-jailbirds like Aryeh Deri coming out of stir to return to politics, don’t be surprised if the latest detainees make political comebacks. Anything goes in Israel, and there’s nothing like a bit of porridge (Cockney slang for jail time) to loosen the bowels of justice. No mystery for the three bears with this lot.