Former Prime Minister Olmert Takes His First Prison Leave

Olmert began serving a 19-month term for bribery and obstruction of justice in February.

Ehud Olmert.
Olivier Fitoussi

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is serving a 19-month sentence for bribery and corruption, was granted his first furlough from prison on Monday.

Shin Bet bodyguards arrived at around 8 A.M. to the Ma'asiyahu Prison and took responsibility for Olmert's security from the Israel Prison Service.

Ehud Olmert arrives at Ma'asiyahu Prison, Ramle, Feb. 15, 2016.
AFP

Olmert's wife, Aliza, greeted him at the prison entrance and posted bail before leaving the prison grounds, accompanied by security guards.

Under prison restrictions, Olmert, 70, must be accompanied by his wife throughout his leave.

He began serving his sentence in February, for bribery and obstruction of justice in the Holyland corruption case, a crime committed when he was mayor of Jerusalem (1992-2003).