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Jailed ex-Israeli PM Olmert taken to hospital suffering 'chest pains'

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced in May 2014 to six years in prison on two separate charges of taking bribes
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Olmert, serving a 27-month prison sentence, is due before a parole board on June 29

Disgraced former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was taken to hospital on Tuesday after complaining of chest pains, Hebrew-language media reports said.

Olmert, who is serving a 27-month prison sentence for various convictions stemming from a massive corruption scandal, was examined by his physician in Ma’asiyahu Prison before being transferred to Tel Aviv's Tel Hashomer Hospital for further treatment.

Olmert is due before a parole board on June 29 as he seeks to slash the final third off of his prison sentence.

While his lawyers say the former Prime Minister has behaved impeccably in prison, Olmert found himself at the center of another scandal last week when it emerged that he may have divulged state secrets in his yet unpublished memoirs.

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Israeli police on Thursday raided two locations, including the Yedioth Ahronoth publishing house, searching for the manuscript which was suspected to have been smuggled out of jail before it was passed by the military censor.

Olmert's autobiography about his time as prime minister is considered by the Defense Ministry to be classified information, and must therefore be cleared prior to publication.

Olmert became Prime Minister in 2006 after his predecessor Ariel Sharon fell into a coma. He presided over short-lived peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007.

He resigned as premier in September 2008 after police recommended he be indicted for graft, but he remained in office until March 2009, when Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in to the post, which he has held ever since.


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