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  5/15/2014, Iyar 15, 5774

Bill: Pardon for Terrorists Only After Compensating Victims


The Knesset approved on Wednesday in a preliminary reading a bill by MK Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism), which states that terrorists will only be released from Israeli prisons after they pay compensation to their victims.

The Basic Law gives the President the authority to pardon criminals, but Litzman’s bill would amend the law so that in the case of a person who was charged with or convicted of a nationalistically-motivated offense against Israelis, the President would not be allowed to pardon the offender before he is satisfied that the offender has paid the full compensation to the victim.