30 MKs call on Peres to pardon Omri Sharon 'for his father's sake'

A petition signed by close to 30 MKs - including six ministers - was submitted to President Shimon Peres Monday, calling on him to pardon former MK Omri Sharon. "We do not take lightly the severity of his actions," the MKs wrote. "But we believe that the fact that no person had previously been indicted over such an offense, and the medical condition of his father [former prime minister Ariel Sharon], require an alleviation of his sentence that will allow him to visit his father's sickbed." The MKs added that Sharon's absence from his father's side could, in their opinion, lead the latter to "lose hope" and thus shorten his life.