Olmert may be investigated for bringing classified documents into prison

There could be a new criminal investigation into the former prime minister.

Former PM Ehud Olmert  (photo credit: AMIT SHABAY/POOL)
Former PM Ehud Olmert
(photo credit: AMIT SHABAY/POOL)
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has opened an investigation into allegations that classified documents were found on the lawyer for imprisoned former prime minister Ehud Olmert, Channel 2 reported on Thursday.
The probe is supposed to determine if there are grounds for a new criminal investigation of Olmert.
According to the report, the State Attorney’s Office also requested that Olmert’s upcoming parole hearing be delayed so it can submit classified documents to the parole board, whose members it wants to obtain security clearances.
Olmert’s attorney was detained last month after he was caught with the materials in his possession following a visit with the former head of government.
Olmert is serving a 27-month sentence in Maasiyahu Prison in Ramle for various corruption offenses, reportedly started writing a memoir and asked his lawyer to bring the materials to him as background.
In a statement last month, Olmert’s attorney’s said that his client “does not require any seal of approval as to his connection and responsibility for subjects that are related to Israel’s national security. He has never leaked anything sensitive on subjects of security or intelligence that could have damaged the State of Israel.”