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Israel ex-PM Olmert begins prison term for corruption

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert will serve a 19-month sentence for bribery and obstruction of justiceEhud Olmert, once feted for his peace efforts with the Palestinians, on Monday became Israel’s first former premier to serve jail time as he began a 19-month sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice. A debonair man reputed to have a taste for fine cigars, Olmert’s prison term closes a chapter in a long legal odyssey since he left office in 2009. The charges against him date to before his time as prime minister, to the years when he served as mayor of Jerusalem and economy minister, among other positions.

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