Shaked calls to pardon former PM Olmert despite her ministry's objection

Shaked's call to president Rivlin comes a month after the Ministry of Justice officially rejected the former prime minister's pardon request.
Photo credit: Oliver Fitoussi, Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90/Channel 2 News

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has called on President Reuven Rivlin to consider pardoning former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Channel 2 News reported exclusively on Wednesday.

In a letter to Rivlin, Shaked stated that Olmert's "unique contribution to Israel's security" should be taken into account. Her recommendation comes a month after the Ministry of Justice officially rejected a pardon request filed by Olmert, who began his jail sentence in February 2016 after being convicted of bribery.

"Ehud Olmert has suffered enough," wrote the former prime minister's lawyers. "It is now time to show mercy."

President Rivlin's office said in a statement, "The minister's letter and the Justice Ministry's recommendation have not yet been transferred to the president. They will be thoroughly examined by him before he makes his decision."

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