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Israeli Court Clears Olmert of Corruption Charges


Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, center, arrives at Jerusalem's District Court for the hearing of the verdict in his trial July 10, 2012.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, center, arrives at Jerusalem's District Court for the hearing of the verdict in his trial July 10, 2012.

An Israeli court has acquitted former prime minister Ehud Olmert of two major corruption charges, while convicting him of a lesser offense.

The court said Tuesday Olmert was guilty of breach of trust in connection with aiding a friend while serving as Israel's trade and industry minister.

He was also facing allegations of illegally accepting funds from an American businessman and double-billing Jewish groups for trips abroad.

Olmert denied any wrongdoing, but resigned as prime minister after being indicted in 2008.

He is still facing trial in connection with a bribery scandal during his time as Jerusalem's mayor.
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