Israeli ex-premier freed from jail after parole in graft case

  Ramla, Sunday Israeli ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert was freed from prison today after being granted parole from a 27-month sentence for...

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, 71, leaves the Maasyahu prison on Sunday after being granted parole in a corruption case that reduced his corruption sentence by a third. Photo: AFP

  Ramla, Sunday

Israeli ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert was freed from prison today after being granted parole from a 27-month sentence for corruption scandals that brought down his promising political career.

Olmert, the country’s first former premier to serve jail time, did not speak to reporters when leaving the Maasiyahu prison in central Israel. The 71-year-old, premier between 2006 and 2009, was convicted of graft and entered prison in February 2016.

He was granted early release by a parole board on Thursday, reducing his sentence by around a third. Prosecutors decided not to appeal the decision.

The conditions of his parole were not made public, but Israeli media reported that they include reporting to police twice a month and a ban on leaving the country.

He must also volunteer at associations that help the poor, Haaretz newspaper reported. He can request a pardon from President Reuven Rivlin that would lift the restrictions. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told army radio she would favour such a request.

In March, Rivlin rejected a request for clemency by Olmert, but said he could consider pardoning him if he were granted parole.

Olmert’s original 27-month prison term was comprised of 18 months for taking bribes in the early 2000s in connection with the construction of Jerusalem’s massive Holyland residential complex; eight months for a separate case of fraud and corruption; and another month for obstructing justice.

Maitained innocence

The main convictions against him dated to before his time as prime minister, to the years when he served as mayor of Jerusalem and economy minister, among other positions.

In a video message released just before he began his sentence, Olmert, a debonair man reputed to have a taste for fine cigars, maintained his innocence.

Olmert won international acclaim for relaunching peace efforts with the Palestinians at the Annapolis conference in the United States in 2007, but they failed to bear fruit and the corruption charges against him have come to define his legacy.

The parole board said last week that while Olmert’s crimes were “severe,” he was “punished for his deeds and paid a heavy price.”                                 -AFP

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