High Court: Government likely to release 980 prisoners in Schalit deal

Government to release 98

Israel will likely release 980 Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal for the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, the State Prosecution said Sunday, in response to a High Court of Justice petition, initiated by bereaved families, as well as the Almagor Terror Victims Association. The petitioners demanded to have published the criteria by which prisoners would be released in any deal for Schalit. In response, the government said that in principle about 450 prisoners would be released in an initial stage, and a further 530 prisoners at a later. The 530 prisoners are to be hand picked by Israel.