Former Israeli PM Olmert Headed to Prison
Israel's Supreme Court Tuesday partially overturned a bribery conviction against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. His sentence was reduced from six years to 18 months in prison.
Olmert expressed relief, saying a great burden has been lifted from his heart.
The ex-prime minister, who is 70, was convicted two years ago by a lower court of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to promote a controversial real-estate project in Jerusalem. This allegedly occurred when he served as the mayor of Jerusalem, prior to becoming prime minister in 2006.
Olmert denies it.
He says, “I was never offered and I never took a bribe.”
Nevertheless, while the Supreme Court overturned some of the bribery charges, it upheld others. Therefore, Olmert will become the first former Israeli leader to spend time behind bars.
State Prosecutor Liat Ben Ari says justice was served.
She says “the case represents a watershed in the war against corruption in Israel.” The justice system, Ben Ari says, has sent a strong message that “no one is above the law.”
韩国送还 3 名朝鲜渔民
South Korea Repatriates 3 North Korean Fishermen
South Korea said Tuesday it repatriated three North Korean fishermen who had been rescued from their hobbled boat in the East Sea.
A South Korean unification ministry statement said the fishermen “expressed their wish to return home” and were handed back to North Korea Tuesday evening in the border village of Panmunjeom.
The ministry said their boat had originally departed from the port city of Wonsan before experiencing engine failure and beginning to drift.
South Korean vessels periodically rescue North Korean fishermen, some of whom request asylum in the South.
North and South Korea have been divided since the end of fighting in the Korean War more than 60 years ago. They are separated by a heavily guarded demilitarized zone that prevents unauthorized travel between the two sides.