Former prime minister Ehud Olmert was released from prison early Sunday morning after spending 16 months behind bars for a series of corruption charges including fraud, bribery, and obstruction of justice.
His sentence was shortened by a third on Thursday in a surprising decision by the parole board that came despite a new probe into alleged leaking of classified documents by the former premier. It was initially reported that the state prosecution would appeal the decision, but it declined to, allowing Olmert to end his prison term earlier than expected.
After leaving the Ma’asiyahu Prison in Ramle at 6:24 a.m. the 71-year-old Olmert is expected to head straight to his private residence in Tel Aviv.
Olmert was released on restrictive conditions including being forbidden from traveling abroad, mandatory appearances at a local police station twice a month, and meeting with a social worker once a week until the end of his sentence in May 2018. Hebrew media reported that Olmert will ask President Reuven Rivlin to lift the restrictions.
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