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The Beersheba Administrative Court announced Sunday that Ahmad Mahmoud Avler, a
Palestinian convicted in 1994 for murdering Hagai Shalhevet would remain in
prison until 2023 following a ruling that rejected the parole board’s decision
to release him immediately.
He had been sentenced to life in prison in
1994 for killing Shalhevet by tying him up and strangling him.
on July 18, 2012, the parole board reviewed Avler’s case for the possibility of
an early release.
The state opposed an early release due to the gravity
of Avler’s actions, the inability to supervise him upon release, the inability
to prevent him from returning to crime and the opposition of victim’s
Yet the parole board appeared to accept the position of Avler’s
lawyer, who insisted that his client had undergone rehabilitation while in jail.
This, together with Avler’s expression of regret for his deeds and the
presentation of the Al-Amal Center’s program for preserving his rehabilitated
status after his release, almost convinced the board. Nevertheless, requesting
further clarification from the rehabilitation center regarding its program, the
parole board postponed its final decision to a later hearing.
18, however, having received additional clarification, the board ordered Avler’s
release, after serving 20 years of his sentence.
The state appealed the
early release decision, arguing that the parole board had failed to fully weigh
the gravity of the circumstances of the murder, failed to properly judge how
dangerous Avler was and had ignored the already reduced sentence which he had
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Prior to the parole process, his sentence had been commuted
by presidential order and was set to end in 2023.
Last Wednesday, the
Beersheba Administrative Court accepted the Southern District Attorney’s
Office’s appeal of the parole board’s decision and reinstated Avler’s prison
sentence at least through 2023, which decision was announced on Sunday.
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