Palestinian prisoners on a bus before release [file] 311 (R).
(photo credit: Yannis Behrakis / Reuters)
Terrorists released in prisoner exchanges who return to terrorism will be
required to serve the rest of their sentence, according to a new law.
legislation, passed by the Knesset in its final reading late Monday night and
which combines a governmental bill and legislation by MK Danny Danon (Likud),
states that criminals pardoned by the president will return to prison if they
commit a felony or misdemeanor before the time of their original sentence
Palestinian prisoners warned against returning to terror
Before the law passed, the president could add conditions to a
pardon, but historically they have not done so. According to the new law, the
president could choose not to make a pardon conditional.
Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee chairman David Rotem (Israel
Beiteinu) explained when presenting the bill to the plenum, the bill makes
conditional pardons the default option for presidents.
serving a life-sentence, the condition will apply for 40 years after a
presidential pardon, and if they are serving multiple life-sentences, the time
period will be 50 years.
“Now it is clear that a prisoner whose
punishment was eased by the president is still responsible during the
conditional period, and must be very careful about behavior that is against the
law,” Rotem said.
After the bill passed, with 16 in favor and none
opposed, Danon said he hopes the new law will make pardoned terrorists afraid to
return to terrorism.