Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch met with Shahar
Mizrahi, the Hadera detective convicted of manslaughter for shooting
dead a car thief in 2006, who had his sentence doubled to 30 months by
the Supreme Court last week.
Aharonovitch said he planned to proceed
with a request for a pardon on behalf of Mizrahi, telling Mizrahi that
he had already turned to President Simon Peres and Justice Minister
Aharonovitch also warned of the dangers posed to
democracy by "a police force suffering from a lack of motivation."
is no disputing that all court decisions must be accepted, but at the
same time this pardon is meant to express the feeling caused by the
harsh message sent to police [by the Supreme Court]," he said.
Mizrahi told Aharonovitch of the disappointment felt
by him and his family over the court's decision, and reiterated his
claim that he acted in self defense.
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