03 July, 2017
Olmert, the country's first former premier to serve jail time, did not speak to reporters when leaving the Maasiyahu prison in central Israel.
He was forced to demit the office of prime minister after only three years, when the series of charges were levied against him by the authorities.
Israel's Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert left prison on Sunday morning after serving 16.5 months of his 27-month sentence for fraud and bribery, Haaretz reports.
Olmert, 71, was whisked away by Israel's security service and driven to his Tel Aviv home.
He was convicted in 2014 on charges of accepting bribes to promote a property project in Jerusalem and obstructing justice.
The board said the crimes were "severe", but he was "punished for his deeds and paid a heavy price".
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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.
A parole board last week made a decision to rule against objections from the prosecution, which objected to his early release.
In a video message released just before he began his sentence, Olmert, a debonair man reputed to have a taste for fine cigars, maintained his innocence.
He had been taken to hospital for chest pains, examined, cleared and returned to prison.
The main convictions against him dated to before his time as prime minister, to the years when he served as mayor of Jerusalem and economy minister, among other positions.
A picture of a gaunt Olmert in hospital robes eating from plastic utensils found its way to social media, evoking a wave of sympathy from the public as well as politicians calling for his early release.