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Court postpones imprisonment of former Israeli leader Olmert, pending appeal

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, July 10, 2012 file photo, Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks to the media after hearing the verdict in his trial, in Jerusalem's District Court. Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of Olmert’s prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, July 10, 2012 file photo, Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks to the media after hearing the verdict in his trial, in Jerusalem's District Court. Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of Olmert’s prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2014 file photo, Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends a hearing at Tel Aviv's District Court. Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of Olmert’s prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2014 file photo, Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attends a hearing at Tel Aviv's District Court. Israel’s Supreme Court on Monday postponed the start of Olmert’s prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's Supreme Court has postponed the start of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's prison sentence pending appeal on his conviction on corruption charges.

Court spokeswoman Shirli Koren says Monday's decision allows Olmert to remain free until a ruling on his appeal is made. That decision is expected within three months.

The 68-year-old Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison in May for his role in a bribery scheme involving a controversial Jerusalem housing project.

Olmert served as prime minister between 2006 and 2009.