Israel court extends former prime minister’s prison sentence 
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (C) leaves Tel Aviv District Court, in this May 13, 2014 file picture. Israel's Supreme Court sentenced Olmert to 18 months in jail on Tuesday after partly overturning a 2014 bribery conviction in which he was originally sentenced to six years behind bars. Olmert, prime minister from 2006 to 2009, will be the first former head of government in Israel to be imprisoned and he will begin serving his term on Feb. 15, according to live reports from the Jerusalem courtroom. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly/Files

JERUSALEM : An Israeli court has sentenced former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to one month’s community service, for pressuring a confidant not to testify in multiple legal cases against him, which he will serve in addition to an earlier 18-month prison sentence for corruption.

The Jerusalem court rejected on Wednesday a plea bargain Olmert signed in January in which he pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice in an attempt to avoid an additional sentence.

Olmert is set to report to prison Monday. He will be the first Israeli leader to go to prison.

Olmert was convicted in March 2014 in a wide-ranging case that accused him of accepting bribes to promote a controversial real-estate project, and sentenced to six years. In December Israel’s Supreme Court reduced his sentence.

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