Ehud Olmert to be granted early prison release: lawyer

Parole committee to free jailed ex-prime minister early after he was rushed to hospital with chest pains, lawyer says.

    Ehud Olmert to be granted early prison release: lawyer
    Ehud Olmert, who was in office between 2006 to 2009, was serving a 27-month prison sentence for corruption [File: Reuters]

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will be granted an early release from prison, his lawyer says, citing a decision from a parole committee. 

    Olmert, who was in office between 2006 to 2009, was serving a 27-month prison sentence for corruption.

    The former prime minister was convicted in 2014 in a wide-ranging case that accused him of accepting bribes to promote a real-estate project years before he took office.

    His imprisonment capped a stunning fall from grace that ended Israel's last serious round of peace efforts with the Palestinians and ushered in the era of Benjamin Netanyahu.

    READ MORE: Ehud Olmert Profile

    Olmert, 71, was rushed to hospital on Tuesday after he complained of chest pains while exercising, his doctor said. Medics ruled out a heart attack after series of examinations, Israeli media reported.

    Last week, Israel's justice ministry asked police to investigate whether Olmert committed a "criminal offence" while behind bars.

    It said the book Olmert is writing contains "sensitive security issues" and that his lawyer was caught leaving the prison with a chapter on "secret operations" not approved by the censor for publication.

    SOURCE: News agencies


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