Israel publishes names of Palestinian prisoners to be released in Shalit deal
Names published on Israel Prisons Service website on Sunday; President Shimon Peres expected to approve pardons of all prisoners in swap deal.
The names of the Palestinian prisoners to be released as part of the Gilad Shalit swap deal were published on the website of the Israel Prison Service early Sunday morning, to allow for opponents of the deal to present petitions to Israel's High Court against its implementation.
On Saturday evening, the files the Palestinian prisoners to be released were delivered to President Shimon Peres' residence so they can be approved for pardons.
Over the next two days, the files will be prepared for consideration by Peres. However, the signing of the pardons won't occur until the outcomes of the appeals against the swap deal are decided.
On Saturday, dozens of people demonstrated outside the presidential residence in Jerusalem against the pardoning of the Palestinian prisoners.
The process of releasing the Palestinian prisoners requires that each receive a personal pardon. Officials said that while Peres will review all the cases, he will not act to block the deal and that he will sign all the necessary pardons.
On Sunday morning, the prisoners will be officially informed of their impending release. Afterwards, they will be asked to pack their belongings and they will then undergo medical checks.
The whole process should be completed by Tuesday, when the exchange is expected to occur.
Under an agreement reached between Israel and Hamas that was announced last Tuesday, Israel is to free 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit, who has been held incommunicado in the Gaza Strip since captured by Palestinian militants during a cross-border raid on June 25, 2006.
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