The police officers from Nahariya who avenged a known criminal are to be released before the holiday, following a decision by President Shimon Peres and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman.
The four, convicted of planting a bomb targeting underworld figure Michael Mor, were sentenced to one-year imprisonment. The parole board decided to recommend their release after the completion of two thirds of their sentence. Following the decision, President Peres received a recommendation from the justice minister to see the four released, and a decision was made to free them several days early so they could spend the holiday with their families.
In 2006 the four placed an explosive device under the car and near the window of a home belonging to Mor, in order to avenge a series of incidents in which grenades were thrown at the homes of police officers and public figures in the city. The case drew divided responses, with some criticizing extrajudicial police behavior and others commending them for defending their families.
A February report by the police was significant, sources told Haaretz, in the early parole of the four because it concluded that the police had been unable to deal with the Mor criminal organization because of lack of manpower, expertise and support.
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