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Jailed Israeli former prime minister denied weekend furlough

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert arrives for a hearing at the district court of Tel Aviv on February 14, 2016
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Olmert allegedly transferred the classified documents to his lawyer

The Israel Prison Service denied former prime minister Ehud Olmert a routine furlough after classified documents were found in his possession on Thursday, Ynet news site reported.

Olmert will be ineligible for routine prison furloughs and telephone calls with anyone aside from his lawyers, for the time being.

Olmert allegedly transferred the unapproved documents to his lawyer.

The former prime minister is serving a 19-month prison sentence for corruption. He's been sitting in jail since February 2016.

On Thursday, one of Olmert's lawyers visited him in prison. The classified document was seized during that visit, Ynet reported.

The IPS is investigating whether the transferred materials pertain to a memoir that Olmert is writing in prison. The Ministry of Justice is considering whether a harsher penalty is appropriate.

In a statement, Olmert's lawyer dismissed the IPS claim. "Olmert does not need any authorization regarding his ties to Israel's national security. He never leaked, either during his term or since, anything sensitive to security or intelligence matters that could have harmed the State of Israel."

"During his prison sentence, Olmert wrote an autobiography about his life and his actions concerning social, economic and defense issues. This book was transferred in its entirety to [the military] censor over two months ago and no one, especially Mr. Olmert, has any intention to publish it without their approval."

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And he didn't murder anyone! Perhaps he would get more if he went on a hunger strike! Strange though, no one is calling him a political prisoner or doubting the validity of his trial and sentence.

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