The legal department in the President's Bureau has begun dealing with pardons
for Palestinian prisoners who are to be released in exchange for hijacked
soldier Gilad Schalit, who if all goes according to plan, will be returned to
Israel on Tuesday, after more than five years in captivity.
announcement issued by the President's spokeswoman on Saturday night stated that
attorney Emi Palmor, the head of the Pardons Division in the Justice Ministry
was expected to deliver all the files pertaining to the prisoners listed for
release soon after the conclusion of the Sabbath. According to the statement the
files included recommendations by Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman.
President's legal department headed by attorney Orit Corinaldi Sirkis was ready
to deal with the pardons from the moment of their arrival, and to prepare each
in an orderly fashion for President Shimon Peres to sign.
does not have to follow the recommendations of the Justice Minister. Even though
Peres may have reservations about a large number of the pardons that are being
given to prisoners who not only have blood on their hands, but are responsible
for terrorist attacks in which several people were murdered at once, he is
unlikely to do anything that will jeopardize the exchange deal – especially
after his emotional on camera meeting last week with Gilad Schalit's parents
Noam and Aviva.