Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrives at court for his trial
The trial of the former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on corruption charges has begun in Jerusalem.
Mr Olmert, the first Israeli prime minister to stand trial, denies charges of failing to declare income, breaching trust and falsifying corporate records.
The charges relate to the periods when Mr Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and a cabinet minister, but before he became the Israeli prime minister in 2006.
As he arrived in court, Mr Olmert insisted he was not guilty.
"I came here as an innocent man and I believe I will leave here as an innocent man," he said.
From Paul Wood, BBC Middle East correspondent:
The first criminal prosecution of a former Israeli prime minister is certainly a historical curiosity - but its political significance is all in the past.
The corruption allegations drove Mr Olmert from office. So a prime minister willing - albeit for reasons for national self-interest - to negotiate seriously about Palestinian statehood has been replaced by one who will do so only grudgingly and under US pressure.
There seems surprisingly little outrage - or even interest - in the Olmert case among ordinary Israelis. That is reflected in the limited and muted media coverage of the indictment.
Partly that is because of how long this whole affair has been going on - a three year ordeal as Mr Olmert himself described it on the way into court. Partly it is a measure of general cynicism about Israeli politics, which has not always been seen as clean in the past.
The issue of campaign finance, in particular, has led to many investigations of other Israeli politicians - although Mr Olmert is the most senior to find himself on the defendants' bench.
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