Suleiman Abeid is guilty of the 1993 rape and murder of Hanit Kikos but there is room to consider shortening his sentence, Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann announced Wednesday.
According a statement from the Justice Ministry, Friedmann was convinced that Abeid's guilt was proven beyond any reasonable doubt. However, read the statement, the length of the sentence must be reconsidered because of the public impression that an innocent man is sitting in jail. Abeid pleaded innocent to the crime and claimed that a previous confession was extracted from him by force.
Retired Supreme Court Vice President, Justice Miriam Ben-Porat, was asked by the Justice Ministry to examine the case due to doubts that surfaced over Abeid's guilt. Ben-Porat gave Friedman a 26-page document on Tuesday, from which Friedmann was asked to conclude whether to suggest that Abeid be pardoned or his sentence shortened.
Abeid has approximately 19 years of his sentence remaining.