Peres Receives List of Palestinian Prisoners to Be Pardoned in Shalit Deal

Justice Ministry delivers names of the Palestinians to be released in Shalit deal to President Shimon Peres' legal team; Peres must issue pardons in order for the prisoners to be freed.

The Justice Ministry on Saturday evening gave President Shimon Peres' office the list of Palestinian prisoners expected to be pardoned and released as part of the Gilad Shalit exchange deal, with the recommendation of Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman.

The legal department at the presidential residence will gather the materials for the pardon documents that will be submitted to Peres for his signature.

Pardon documents Oct. 15, 2011 (Michal Fattal)
Michal Fattal

The names of the Palestinian prisoners to be released as part of the Shalit swap deal will be published on the website of the Israel Prison Service on Sunday to allow for opponents of the deal to present petitions to Israel's High Court against the deal's implementation.

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.

Gilad Shalit been held incommunicado in the Gaza Strip since being captured by Palestinian militants during a cross-border raid on June 25, 2006.