Former Israeli PM, Ehud Olmert, Released Early

Israel's Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert left prison on Sunday morning after serving 16.5 months of his 27-month sentence for fraud and bribery, Haaretz reports.

A auto took him directly to his home in Tel Aviv, accompanied by his security guard.

Olmert is expected to appeal for a pardon to President Reuven Rivlin, the spokesperson said, adding that a request if approved would cancel his parole terms. In the meantime, Olmert will also have to deal with a police investigation into him on suspicion that he illegally passed along classified documents, a breach of national security.

"He left the prison almost 30 minutes ago", Assaf Librati said.

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He was forced to demit the office of prime minister after only three years, when the series of charges were levied against him by the authorities. Given his current status on parole, Olmert is still subject to restrictions on his freedom, that he will attempt to have cancelled by Rivlin. He is forbidden from traveling overseas and once a week he has to meet with a social worker from the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority until the end of his sentence in May 2018.

He was convicted in 2014 on charges of accepting bribes to promote a property project in Jerusalem and obstructing justice.

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. Olmert was sentenced to 27 months in prison apart from the initial 6 years to 18 months.

The charges pertained to a period when he was mayor of Jerusalem and trade minister before becoming premier in 2006.

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