Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert walks out of the prison door as he is released from prison after a parole board decided to cut his sentence by a third, at Maasiyahu prison near Ramle, Israel July 2, 2017. (Reuters Photo)
JERUSALEM, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was released from prison on Sunday morning after a parole board reduced his corruption sentence by a third.
Live broadcasts showed Olmert, who served as Israel's prime minister between 2006 and 2009, leaving the Maasiyahu prison in central Israel early on Sunday morning.
A car took him directly to his home in Tel Aviv, accompanied by his security guard.
A spokesperson for Olmert said that under his parole terms in the next few months Olmert will have to do volunteer works, report twice a week to a police station, and will not be allowed to leave the country or give media interviews.
Olmert is expected to appeal President Reuven Rivlin for a pardon, the spokesperson said, adding that a request if approved would cancel his parole terms.
Olmert served 16 months of his 27-month sentence. He was freed under a decision on Thursday by Israel Prison Service's parole board to grant him early release and after the State Attorney's Office said it would not appeal against the decision.
Olmert is the first Israeli prime minister to serve time in jail.
He started to serve his term on February 15, 2016, after the Supreme Court had reduced his six-year sentence to 18 months, canceling a previous conviction in the so-called "Holyland case," a corruption affair involving a giant construction project in Jerusalem.