Family of slain teen asks Peres to reconsider decision to free killers

September 25, 2007 15:06

The family of slain teenager Danny Katz appealed to President Shimon Peres and the Justice Ministry on Tuesday to reevaluate their recent decision to cut the prison sentence for the boy's murderers, Army Radio reported. Attorney Ya'acov Weinroth, who is representing the family, wrote, "the decision has caused much surprise and constitutes an astonishing lack of sensitivity that has caused the family great pain." The family has also protested that they were not given the right to plead before the Israel Prisons Service parole committee. Katz was murdered in 1983 at age 15 after leaving his home in Haifa. The five suspects were convicted in 1984 of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit a crime and kidnapping with intent to murder, and sentenced to life plus 27 years. Last month, Peres agreed to cut that down to 25 years, as per a recommendation by Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann.

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