Rehab Plan Would Sentence Jailed Former PM Ehud Olmert to Community Service

In two weeks, the parole board will hear Olmert’s application to be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence

Yaniv Kubovich
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Ehud Olmert at the Supreme Court, during a hearing on the appeal in the Holyland corruption case, Dec. 29, 2015.
Yaniv Kubovich

A proposed rehabilitation plan for former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would see him spending the last third of his prison sentence doing community service.

The plan was submitted to the parole board by the Prisoner Rehabilitation Authority. In two weeks’ time, the board will hear Olmert’s application to be paroled after serving two-thirds of his sentence.

Olmert’s lawyers had initially proposed that his community payback consist of doing fundraising for nonprofit organizations, such as the Gesher Theater, using his large network of contacts. The rehab agency rejected this idea, saying that Olmert should avoid all involvement in money matters in his community service.

Instead, the authority proposed that he do community service with Leket Israel and Ezra Lemarpeh, which are food and medical charities, respectively.

Olmert will also be required to continue the treatment that he began while in prison.

Last week, a lawyer for Olmert was detained for questioning after leaving the prison after a visit with papers containing classified information that the former prime minister had given him. The Defense Ministry initiated an investigation after the Israel Prison Service informed it of the breach.

Olmert lost some of his prison privileges due to this incident. Nevertheless, people close to him have said they still believe that he will be granted parole.