Beersheba District Court on Tuesday approved an early release request by Moshe Ben-Ivgi, one of the two killers of taxi driver Derek Roth in 1994.
Ben-Ivgi had petitioned the court to reduce his sentence by the 1,553 days he had spent in an Argentine jail. The state has already appealed the decision, causing the court to delay Ben-Ivgi's release by 15 days.
Ben-Ivgi's lawyer, Sasi Gez, called the decision to free him "a victory not only for Ben-Ivgi, but also for (Israel's) image in the world. It lends honor to Israel's judicial system internationally."
Ben-Ivgi and his friend Arbel Aloni were 14 when they brutally murdered Roth in Herzliya, and in 1996 both were jailed for 16 years for the killing. In 1998, while on furlough, the two committed an armed robbery and were sentenced to an additional five years.
During another furlough in 2004, Ben-Ivgi fled to Agentina using a forged passport. He was arrested and jailed in the South American country a few months later and extradited to Israel in November 2013.
Israel had sought his extradition for murder, robbery, and fleeing the country. But in 2007 a Argentine court ruled that he could only be extradited for the robbery, as the country's law stipulates that suspects cannot be extradited for fleeing their home country, and because the age at which an individual can be held responsible for a crime is 16.