IPS Begins Preparations for Olmert Prison Sentence

Israeli Prison Service debating possible locations, whether Olmert can have a cellmate.

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Ehud Olmert
Ehud Olmert
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The Israeli Prison Service is preparing for former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to sit his jail term, after he was convicted for the third time for fraud on Monday.

Prison Services Commissioner Aharon Franco has decided to hold a hearing after Passover (Pesach), according to Channel 2, during which a special team will be established to make the necessary preparations for Olmert's arrival.

The team will examine where best to hold Olmert, and are debating between prisons in Ramle and HaSharon.

According to the report, IPS will meet with officials in the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet), and the latter will take extraordinary steps to secure Olmert during his sentence. 

It will also be decided if Olmert will have a cellmate. 

"The possibility of Olmert entering jail has never been more realistic than it is now," a senior IPS official stated, reflecting on the number of arrangements to make the sentence possible.