Olmert Seeks Early Release

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 July 11 for his first furlough from prison. (Avi Dishi/Flash90)

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has filed a request for early release, after having served two thirds of the sentence imposed on him. Olmert claimed in his petition that he had an excellent record as an inmate, and that under Israeli law, he deserves a break in his sentence.

Olmert was sentenced last year to 18 months in prison for taking bribes to advance permits for contractors in the Holyland Apartments project affair, and an additional month for attempting to hide evidence consisting of secret recordings made by his assistant Shula Zaken.

Olmert “owes” a separate eight-month sentence for accepting money from American millionaire Moshe Talansky. The execution of that sentence was postponed until the completion of appeals in that case. If the High Court rules against Olmert in that case, the request for reducing his sentence will not include those eight months.