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List of exchange deal prisoners to be published by Sunday
Justice Ministry says public will have 48 hours to submit reservations, objections over the release of 450 prisoners as part of Shalit deal

The list of 450 prisoners to be released in the first phase of the prisoner exchange deal will be published by Sunday morning, the Justice Ministry stated on Wednesday.

 

The ministry stated that the list will appear on the Israel Prisoner Service's website, and the public will have 48 hours "to submit reservations and objections."

 

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Justice Ministry officials convened Wednesday morning, hours after the Cabinet voted in favor of a prisoner exchange deal that would see the release of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in return for 1,027 prisoners held in Israel.

 

The meeting, which was held at the office of Justice Ministry Director General Guy Rotkopf, dealt with all the legal issues surrounding the exchange deal as well as the necessary coordination between the all the parties involved.

 

Among the 450 prisoners to be released during the first stage of the deal, 279 were given life sentences. As soon as the least is published, the Ministry will set up an information center available to the public via telephone.

 

The Ministry's amnesties and pardons department is expected to issue the pardons, which will then be handed to President Shimon Peres for signatures.

 

Meanwhile, the head of IDF Central Command will issue pardons to prisoners held in military detention centers in the West Bank, while the attorney general will give authorization to release the prisoners who have yet to be put on trial.

 

 

 

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