JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court is expected to sentence former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a high-profile case that could determine whether he will be able to return to politics.
Olmert was convicted in July of breach of trust for helping allocate government contracts to a friend's associates. At the time, he was acquitted of more serious corruption charges that had forced him to resign three years ago.
The ruling was seen as a victory for Olmert, and fueled speculation that he could reenter politics.
The sentence due Monday is not expected to send Olmert to prison. Court spokeswoman Shirli Koren says prosecutors requested Olmert perform six months of community service.
But if Olmert is found guilty of moral turpitude, it would bar him from reentering politics for seven years.
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