After 13 and a half years in prison, Rami Dotan - the former Israel Air Force procurement chief who was convicted on embezzlement charges - was handed his prison release papers yesterday.
The former brigadier general, who was demoted to the rank of private, was convicted of embezzling some $10 million from U.S. aid packages by purchasing inferior equipment for the Israel Air Force and then pocketing the difference.
Dotan is currently receiving treatment at Asaf Harofeh hospital for a heart condition. Prison Services officials handed him his release papers at the hospital.
Dotan began serving his 13-year sentence in 1989, and had several requests for early release on medical grounds turned down.
During the past 10 years, five panels have reviewed and rejected his appeal for early release. One decision, in 1997, to cut his prison term in half stirred a public outcry and was overturned by the High Court of Justice.