President Shimon Peres has signed a letter allowing five Israeli Arabs to apply for a reduced sentence. The five are serving lengthy sentences for the 1983 murder of Haifa teenager Danny Katz. Two of the five were convicted for the 1987 murder of female IDF soldier Daphna Carmon as well. The murderers admitted that they killed Katz because he was a Jew.
Peres signed a document reducing the killers’ sentences shortly after a meeting with MK Taleb El-Sana (Ra’am Ta’al), who recommended the move. El-Sana expressed satisfaction with the decision, and urged Peres to pardon Suliman Al-Abid as well. Al-Abid was convicted in 1993 for the rape and murder of Jewish teenager Hanit Kikus.