Parole board grants former Israeli PM’s request for early release

Despite the prosecution’s opposition, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s request for early release was granted by a parole board this morning. If the prosecution decides against filing a stay of execution, Olmert is expected to be released from prison on Sunday.
Olmert Photo Credit: Emil Salman/Flash 90

A parole board determined on Thursday morning that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s sentence will be reduced by a third, rejecting the prosecution’s recommendation on the matter. He is expected to be released from prison on Sunday. The prosecution is currently contemplating whether it should file a stay of execution in preparation for appealing the decision. The parole board has requested that the prosecution announce its decision by this afternoon.

The parole board has yet to explain the reasons behind its decision to release the former prime minister and it is still unclear whether the board members discussed in detail the classified documents that were allegedly smuggled into and out of Olmert’s prison cell. According to Israel Prison Service officials, the fact that Olmert demonstrated good behavior throughout his sentence motivated the parole board to grant his early release.

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