police officer who shot dead a car thief will be released early from jail, a
Prisons Service parole board ruled on Wednesday.
Shahar Mizrahi said he
opened fire on car thief Muhammad Ganaim in 2006 after the latter tried to run
him over, though a court rejected his claim and ruled that Mizrahi opened fire
unlawfully, and convicted him of manslaughter in 2009 and sentencing him to 15
months in prison.
A subsequent appeal by Mizrahi to the Supreme Court in
2010 was rejected, and the court doubled Mizrahi's sentence to 30 months, to the
outrage of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.
board's decision on Wednesday means Mizrahi will be set free on April 7, rather
than February of 2013.
"I won't be happy until I see him on the outside,
back with his family," Mizrahi's mother, Rivka, told the Kol Rega radio
But the decision was condemned by a coalition of civil society
groups called Shutafut Sharakah, which said in a statement that the development
was "a dangerous signal over a light trigger finger when it comes to the safety
and lives of Arabs in Israel."