Former Slovenia prime minister is temporarily released from prison during appeal

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Former Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa has been released from prison until the country's top court rules on his corruption conviction.

The Constitutional Court ordered Jansa's immediate release Friday, saying that's in keeping with Slovenia's democracy and that it would not affect its final ruling in the case.

The leader of the right-wing Slovenian Democratic Party was convicted of bribery in an arms deal with a Finnish company and sentenced in June to two years in prison. Jansa has appealed the verdict, claiming allegations against him were political.

Jansa turned to the Constitutional Court — the highest one in Slovenia — after both the Higher Court and the Supreme Court upheld the verdict. He served twice as prime minister and now heads the nation's biggest opposition party.