Israeli ministers advance bill to curb release of terrorist prisoners

( A bill that would make it more difficult for Israeli presidents to pardon terrorists inched closer to passage on Sunday as government ministers voted to submit the bill for a Knesset plenum vote, Israel Hayom reported.

Under the proposed bill, judges in criminal cases who sentence defendants to life in prison following a murder conviction would be allowed to add a special clause that would prohibit the president from pardoning them or commuting the sentence.

The bill, officially titled “Basic Law: The President (Amendment—Prohibition on Release of Murderers),” does not apply to prisoners who are already serving their sentence.

Following the ministers’ decision, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said on Facebook, “We finally put an end to the ‘you killed—you get released’ phenomenon in Israel.”

Posted on June 8, 2014 .