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Report: Prosecution to Seek Five-Year Term for Olmert

The Prosecution will ask for a five-year prison sentence for former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the Holyland affair.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 4/25/2014, 4:16 AM

Former PM Ehud Olmert
Former PM Ehud Olmert
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The Prosecution will ask for a five-year prison sentence for former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the Holyland affair, Channel 2 News reported on Thursday.

The sentencing hearing for the former Prime Minister is scheduled for Monday.

Olmert was convicted of taking bribes last month. Nine other defendants, including his former bureau chief Shula Zaken, were convicted in the case as well.

According to the Channel 2 News report, former Mossad chief Meir Dagan will be a character witness for Olmert at the sentencing hearing. The report said that Olmert had been contemplating in recent days whether to bring character witnesses to the sentencing hearing.

Dagan served as head of the Mossad during Olmert’s term in office. The two, along with former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz, recently formed a new company called EOC.

Meanwhile, Channel 2 News reported, police are close to completing their investigation against Olmert and his former lawyer, Navot Tel Tzur, on suspicion of obstruction of justice.

The latest investigation into Olmert began after Zaken provided the police with recordings allegedly implicating her former boss.

According to Channel 2, police believe there is a basis for indicting Olmert and Tel Tzur and it will be up to the Prosecution to decide how to proceed once the investigation is completed.

Olmert's media adviser said in response, "It's no surprise that a leak of this kind is being released only a few days before the hearing on the sentencing in the Holyland case."