JERUSALEM — Describing his tumble as “painful and strange,” Ehud Olmert became Monday a initial former Israeli primary apportion to enter prison, commencement a 19-month reign for temptation and deterrent of justice.
In a video expelled by his bureau shortly before a armored automobile carrying him swept by a jail gates, Olmert, who was convicted in 2014, concurred that he had “made mistakes,” though he insisted that he had finished zero criminal.
“At this time, we wish to contend again what we pronounced inside a justice and outside: that we definitely repudiate a charges relating to temptation attributed to me,” Olmert, 70, said.
Looking gloomy and fatigued as he described his mutation from personality to convicted prisoner, he said: “I accept a judgment with a really complicated heart. Nobody stands above a law.”
Other high-ranking Israelis have been convicted of crimes, including a former Israeli president, Moshe Katsav, who is portion a seven-year judgment for rape; an interior apportion convicted of bribery; and a financial apportion convicted of embezzlement.
Israeli radio promote live coverage of Olmert’s attainment during Maasiyahu Prison, southeast of Tel Aviv. According to jail regulations, he was permitted, like other prisoners, to take with him 4 pairs of underwear, 4 pairs of socks, dual towels, bedding, and toiletries, among other items.
Olmert’s authorised troubles began in 2008, dual years after he took office, and he was forced to renounce underneath a flourishing cloud of guess and military investigations. He was convicted of holding bribes while he was mayor of Jerusalem, in partial to promote a construction of a vast housing formidable famous as Holyland, notwithstanding extreme internal opposition.
In late December, a Israeli Supreme Court reduced his six-year jail judgment to 18 months after overturning a categorical partial of his self-assurance on temptation charges. It upheld, however, his self-assurance in a obtuse temptation box that was apart to a housing project.
Last week, a Jerusalem magistrate’s justice extended Olmert’s judgment by a month after rejecting a terms of a defence discount in an obstruction-of-justice case.
Olmert was also condemned in May to 8 months in jail for rascal and crack of trust, in a apart box involving an American businessman, Morris Talansky. The start of that reign was deferred tentative an appeal, and Olmert’s lawyers have been examining a probability of any judgment being served parallel with Olmert’s stream jail term.
Olmert emphasized in his matter that nothing of a charges pertained to his time as primary minister, and he appealed to Israelis not to forget his efforts during peacemaking and his use to a country.
As primary minister, Olmert hold endless assent negotiations with a Palestinians and surreptitious talks with Syria, by Turkish mediators. He hinted darkly in his videotaped matter on Monday that his conviction, that he described as a outcome of a “legal snowball,” grew out of something some-more than authorised considerations.
“Perhaps with some-more distance, a open will be means to inspect this apocalyptic impulse with a vicious and offset outlook,” he said. “I wish that afterwards they will commend that during my reign as primary minister, honest and earnest stairs were taken to open a doorway of wish for a improved destiny of peace, happiness, and security.”