Israeli authorities indicted the former Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, on corruption charges on Sunday, the first criminal indictment ever filed against a current or past Israeli Prime Minister. Mr. Olmert, who stepped down earlier this year over the corruption issue, is accused of illegally accepting funds from an American backer, double-billing for trips abroad and concealing funds from a government watchdog.
He faces charges that include fraud and breach of trust.
The charges filed in a Jerusalem court on Sunday first surfaced when Mr. Olmert was still Prime Minister, though Mr. Olmert allegedly committed the offences while serving as Mayor of Jerusalem and later as a Cabinet Minister, before being elected Prime Minister in 2006.
Mr. Olmert, who denies any wrongdoing, issued a statement through a spokesman saying he was confident his name would be cleared. “Olmert is convinced that in court he will be able to prove his innocence once and for all,” the statement said.