New Lod District Court 370.
(photo credit: Yonah Jeremy Bob)
The Lod District Court, sitting as an Administrative Court, on Sunday rejected
early parole for 93-year-old Havshi Hasan, upholding the decision of the Parole
Board regarding Hasan’s sentence for burning his daughter to death.
burned his daughter while she was pregnant to “preserve the family’s
He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder, but his
sentence was later commuted by the president to 25 years.
the age of 70, Hasan made repeated applications for parole, believing he could
achieve an early release having served most of his sentence.
spent 20 months in the Israel Prisons Service (IPS) hospital for various
illnesses, many stemming from his age.
Hasan won an initial battle in
February 2011 before the Supreme Court which ordered the IPS to give Hasan
access to Arabic-speaking professionals who could help him with rehabilitation,
provide him with a psychological evaluation and assistance with his case in
A commission of medical professionals to evaluate Hasan told the
Parole Board that he should be released on the basis that he had expressed
regret for his crimes, undertaken rehabilitative therapy and had worked
cooperatively with IPS and other prisoners throughout his sentence.
commission also noted that as of November 4, 2012, Hasan’s family volunteered to
take him back and to allow him to live with them.
Further, the commission
said that both because of his psychological change and advanced age, he was no
longer a threat to anyone.
Despite the recommendation, the Parole Board
said that Hasan had not undergone a “fundamental change” as required by a 2001
law governing the issue of early parole.
In rejecting the commission’s
recommendations, the Parole Board said that it had taken an objective view of
Hasan’s health along with the law’s requirements, whereas the commission had
taken a subjective and more sympathetic view.
The Parole Board also noted
that the commission had raised questions about Hasan’s motivations and whether
he was truly rehabilitated, eventually incorrectly deciding to override these
issues, which were decisive for the Parole Board, by deciding that his advanced
age and health issues meant he was not dangerous in any case.
last parole request was rejected on January 13, 2013.
The court said the
Parole Board took into account all the proper issues and that its conclusions,
not the commission, were justified, despite Hasan’s age.