Israel's Olmert: from promise to prison term

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert will serve a 19-month sentence for bribery and obstruction of justiceEhud Olmert was once described as “probably the best” politician Israel had ever produced, but the debonair ex-premier who began a prison term for corruption on Monday has seen a humiliating fall from grace. Olmert, 70, became Israel’s first ex-prime minister to serve jail time when he walked into the Maasiyahu prison in the central city of Ramle for the 19-month term. A balding father-of-four with a lean physique, roguish grin and a reputed taste for fine cigars, Olmert maintained his innocence in a video message before entering prison.

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