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Former PM Ehud Olmert Found ‘Guilty’ in Holyland Trial

The judge slammed what he called “a corrupt political system which has decayed over years... "
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrives at Tel Aviv District Courthouse in Holyland Park trial, October 2013 / archive photo

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrives at Tel Aviv District Courthouse in Holyland Park trial, October 2013 / archive photo
Photo Credit: Dror Einav / POOL/Flash90

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty in the Holyland trial that dealt with corruption in the building of the massive luxury residential complex near the Malha Mall in Jerusalem.

Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rosen announced the verdict Monday morning, handing down a verdict of “guilty” on charges of receiving bribes to allow contractors to proceed in construction of Holyland Park.

Olmert allegedly took the bribes from Holyland’s developers and the company Hazera Genetics during his time as Jerusalem mayor and minister of industry, trade and labor.

Of 12 defendants in the years-long trials, only three have been acquitted in the case.

The state’s witness Shmuel Dachner, who is now deceased, was also convicted in the case, as was his aide, Meir Rabin, former Deputy Mayor Eliezer Simhayoff, former city engineer Uri Sheetrit, former aide to Ehud Olmert, Shuli Zaken, and others.

Rosen slammed what he called “a corrupt political system which has decayed over years… and in which hundreds of thousands of shekels were transferred to elected officials.”

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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2 Responses to “Former PM Ehud Olmert Found ‘Guilty’ in Holyland Trial”

  1. Jean Perles says:

    שופט בית המשפט המחוזי בתל אביב , דוד רוזן , הודה באשמת אולמרט, שהואשם בקבלת שוחד בעת שכהנה כראש העיר ירושלים , בתמורה ל” עזרה “היזמים שלהולילנד פרויקט המגורים בעיר הקדושה .

    אולמרט הואשם בקבלת שוחד כמה , כולל 500 אלף שקלים , באמצעות אחיויוסי ,ו600 אלף שקלים על ידילשעבר ראש לשכתו , שולה הזקן .

    השופט רוזן אמרראש הממשלה לשעבר שיקרה בבית המשפט. ” אולמרט ניסה להכפיש את שמו שלעד מדינה ושיקר בבית המשפט “, הוא אמר. “אני דוחה על סף את גרסתו של אולמרט מהאירועים “, הוסיףהשופט.

    הבעלים של מתחם הולילנד , נחשביםדמות מפתח בקרבשלוש עשרה החשודים בפרשת השחיתות, הורשע במתן שוחד לפקידים בעיריית ירושלים . אביגדור קלנר , ממקימיה של חברת הולילנד הפארק , גם

    הורשע בשוחד, אך זוכה מאישומים אחרים.

    מנהלהמינהל מהקרקעי ישראל, יעקב אפרתי , זוכהכמנהלי חברת הולילנד פרק , אמנון Saffran ושמעון גלאון .

    מוקדם יותר החודש,המשרד הראשי לשעבר של אולמרט , שולה זקן , שהיה גם טעון,ואשר נתן עדות עולה בקנה אחד על המקרה , היה משא ומתן עם תובעים על הסכם מחוץ לבית משפט , בתמורה לקבלת מעמד עד תביעה ולספק מידע נוסף עלהמקרה . התובעים ביקשו כי זקן להעיד שוב עלהמקרה מעורב הבוס שלו לשעבר. עם זאת,השופט החליט שלא לעכב עוד את המקרהוהודיע על פסק הדין.

    פסק הדין מגיע לאחר שנתיים של כתב אישום נגד שלוש עשרה נתבעים באחד מפרשיות השחיתות החמורות ביותרשאי פעם הופקו בארץ.

    זו הפעם הראשונה שבה הצדק של ישראל מגנה אתראש הממשלה לשעברלשוחד.

  2. Uzi Kattan says:

    Hashem is punishing the all the Gush Katif atrocity perpetrators including Oldmerd. He also had to pay for his Amona atrocity where his black uniformed YaSSam storm troopers beat Jewish teens and trampled them with horses purchased in Germany. Serves him right if he goes to prison.

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