Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch hosted Shahar Mizrahi, the Hadera
detective convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a car thief in
2006, at his ministry in the capital on Sunday.
Mizrahi 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 him
he had already turned to President Shimon Peres and Justice Minister Yaakov
Aharonovitch warned of the dangers posed to democracy by “a
police force suffering from a lack of motivation.”
“There is no disputing
that all court decisions must be accepted, but at the same time this pardon
[request] is meant to express the feelings caused by the harsh message sent to
police [by the Supreme Court],” he said.
Mizrahi told Aharonovitch of the
disappointment he and his family felt over the court’s decision, and repeated
that he had acted in self-defense.