Former PM Olmert Receives First Prison Furlough

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Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert seen leaving Maasiyahu Prison in Ramla on July 11, 2016, for his first leave from prison since he began his 19-month improsenment sentence in February. Olmert will be have a 48-hour leave surrounded by heavy security. Photo by Avi Dishi/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** ëìà øîìä ëìà îòùéäå øàù îîùìä àäåã àåìîøè äåìéìðã ôøùú ä÷ìèåú
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert seen leaving Maasiyahu Prison in Ramla on Monday. (Avi Dishi/Flash90)

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received his first 48-hour furlough from the Maasiyahu prison during his 19-month sentence. Olmert will be going to his home in Motza during that time, and then returning to jail.

During his stay out of jail, he will be accompanied by Shin Bet security guards, because of his position as former prime minister. He is forbidden to be out of his house at night. After the 48 hours, Olmert will return to Maasiyahu, and depending on his behavior on this break, he may receive other furloughs.

In Maasiyahu, Olmert is housed in a special section, together with five other hand-picked inmates who have been vetted to ensure they cannot take advantage of Olmert in any way while he is in prison. Maasiyahu is a minimum- to medium-security prison, so Olmert is allowed to dress in civilian clothes while he freely moves about the grounds.