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Prisons Service Expects Olmert 'Headache'

Former Prisons Service officer says a special wing may have to be built for Olmert, who possesses state secrets.
By Benny Moshe, Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/13/2014, 12:35 PM

Ehud Olmert
Ehud Olmert
צילום: עמי שומן

The Israel Prisons Service (IPS) is making preparations for receiving former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who has been sentenced to six years in jail in the Holyland corruption case.

Olmert possesses state secrets and might be subjected to blackmail if he comes in contact with other prisoners.

A former senior officer in the IPS said Tuesday that holding a prisoner like Olmert is “a serious headache” for the service. He estimated that Olmert will be isolated from other prisoners and that the IPS may even have to build a special cell block for him.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) will ultimately decide on the conditions of Olmert's incarceration. If it decides that he cannot be held along with Arabs, a problem will be created, since there is no cell block in Israel that answeres this description.

Prisons Service Expects Olmert 'Headache'

Former Prisons Service officer says a special wing may have to be built for Olmert, who possesses state secrets.

The Israel Prisons Service (IPS) is making preparations for receiving former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who has been sentenced to six years in jail in the Holyland corruption case.

Olmert possesses state secrets and might be subjected to blackmail if he comes in contact with other prisoners.

A former senior officer in the IPS said Tuesday that holding a prisoner like Olmert is “a serious headache” for the service. He estimated that Olmert will be isolated from other prisoners and that the IPS may even have to build a special cell block for him.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) will ultimately decide on the conditions of Olmert's incarceration. If it decides that he cannot be held along with Arabs, a problem will be created, since there is no cell block in Israel that answers this description.

"We've never had anything like this,” said a source in the IPS Monday.