Israeli President Rivlin has decided to commute the remainder of former PM Ehud Olmert’s sentence to time he served in prison- one year and four months. Additionally, the president has lifted most post prison restrictions on Olmert providing that he does not commit any more crimes in the coming year.

President Reuven Rivlin and former PM Ehud Olmert

President Reuven Rivlin and former PM Ehud Olmert Photo Credit: Hadas Parush, Flash 90; Gili Yohanan, POOL/ Channel 2 News

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin decided on Tuesday to ease the sentence of former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who was released from prison earlier this week.

Following his decision in March this year in which he rejected Olmert’s request for a pardon and immediate release from prison, the president has decided to commute the remainder of Olmert’s sentence to time served.

The President’s Office has reported that the president made this decision based upon Olmert’s stated intention to comply with two conditions of his release; which are under gag order pursuant to the Parole Board. These terms are conditional, however, and will be overturned should Olmert commit another crime until the end of his original sentence.

Olmert was supposed to be registered as a licensed prisoner until May 2018. The significance of the president’s decision to ease the restrictions stem both from Olmert’s unique status and the rehabilitation process that Olmert has agreed to undergo.