Former Israeli PM Olmert indicted on corruption charges

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The Independent Online

Israeli legal authorities have indicted former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert on corruption charges.

The indictments filed Sunday charge Olmert with illegally accepting funds from an American backer, and double-billing for trips abroad. He faces charges including fraud and breach of trust.

The charges surfaced when Olmert was still prime minister, eventually forcing him to step aside. Olmert allegedly committed the offenses while serving as mayor of Jerusalem and later as a Cabinet minister, and before being elected prime minister in 2006.

Olmert was replaced as prime minister in March by Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu. He left politics and is currently a private citizen.

Olmert has denied any wrongdoing.