Former Israeli PM Olmert Convicted Of Bribery
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has reportedly been found guilty of receiving bribes on two separate occasions.
One was linked to a major property development in Jerusalem - a huge residential complex - when he was the city's mayor, according to Israel's public television broadcaster Channel 1.
The two-year corruption trial at Tel Aviv district court, involving Olmert and other government officials, developers and business people, heard millions of dollars illegally changed hands to promote a series of construction projects.
It has been described as one of the worst corruption scandals in Israeli history.
"We're talking about corrupt and filthy practices," said Judge David Rosen, who also accused Olmert of lying to the court.
Olmert was accused of receiving bribes totalling 1.4 million shekels (£258,000) - although this sum was later reduced by about half by the prosecution.
The 68-year-old - and another 12 of the 16 defendants convicted on Monday - will be sentenced on April 28.
He was mayor of Jerusalem between 1993 and 2003, before serving in the cabinet as minister of trade and industry and being elected prime minister in 2006.
A number of corruption allegations forced him to resign his premiership in September 2008.
In July 2013, he was found guilty of a breach of trust for for steering jobs and contracts to clients of business partners while serving as minister of trade and industry.
He was fined 75,000 shekels (£11,000) and given a suspended jail sentence for graft.