Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert walks out of the prison door as he is released from prison after a parole board chose to cut his sentence by a third, at Maasiyahu prison near Ramle, Israel July 2, 2017.
Disgraced former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been released from prison after a parole board chose to trim his sentence on corruption charges by a third, according to Israeli media reports Sunday. Shin Bet officials arrived to pick Olmert up from the prison gates and took him to his home in Tel Aviv.
Olmert, the country's first former premier to serve jail time, did not speak to reporters when leaving the Maasiyahu prison in central Israel.
Prison Service spokesman Assaf Librati said the terms of Olmert's early release stipulate that for the next while, he must do volunteer work and appear before police twice a month. Olmert was sentenced to 27 months in prison apart from the initial 6 years to 18 months.
"The inmate underwent a significant rehabilitation process in prison and displays motivation to continue it", it said.
He was convicted in 2014 on charges of accepting bribes to promote a property project in Jerusalem and obstructing justice.
"All this significantly diminishes the risk he will deviate again from honest practice". He was imprisoned on charges of bribery and obstruction of justice.
In March, Rivlin rejected a request for clemency by Olmert, but said he could consider pardoning him if he were granted parole.
Despite his early release, he is being investigated by the state attorney's office over suspicions he smuggled out of prison a chapter of a book he is writing.
The decision came after Olmert was recently rushed to hospital after experiencing chest pains in prison.
The crimes occurred during earlier stints when Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and the national trade and industry minister.