31 Aug 2009

Former Israeli PM charged with corruption

10:50 am on 31 August 2009

Israel's former prime minister Ehud Olmert has been charged in three corruption cases.

The charges relate to the periods when Mr Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and a cabinet minister, but before he became prime minister in 2006, the BBC reports.

He was replaced as prime minister by Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu following general elections in February.

The BBC reports that the series of investigations was a key factor in Mr Olmert's resignation last year.

On Sunday, Mr Olmert issued a statement through a spokesman that said he was convinced that he will be able to prove his innocence in court, once and for all.

Mr Olmert's personal secretary, Shula Zaken, has also been charged with corruption.

One of the charges against Mr Olmert is that he accepted cashfrom a US businessman, which Mr Olmert says were legal donations to help with re-election campaigns. He is also accused of duplicating funding for his trips abroad, while the third case invovles alleged conflict of interest.