Israeli Woman Serving Life Sentence for Killing Abusive Husband Denied Presidential Pardon

President Rivlin rejects pardon request filed by Erika Frishkin, who fatally stabbed her husband who sexually and mentally abused her for years

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Neve Tirza women's prison in Ramle, where Khomenko is detained, August 21, 2018.
The Neve Tirza women's prison in Ramle, 2018.Credit: Meged Gozani
Lee Yaron
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President Reuven Rivlin announced Tuesday that he has rejected a request for pardon filed by Erica Frishkin, who is serving a life sentence for the 2003 murder of her husband, who abused her for years.

Rivlin said, however, that if Frishkin files a pardon request for a reduction of her sentence in the future, he would consider it, subject to her continued rehabilitation in prison.

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Frishkin, 51, fatally stabbed her husband Daniel Tatroashvilli, who had abused her sexually and mentally for years. She was convicted of murder and other offenses and was sentenced to life in prison, which was later reduced to 30 years. Under interrogation, Frishkin admitted to the killing, stating that “he had been killing me for seven years.”

Erica Frishkin.Credit: Gil Nehoshtan / Yediot Aharonoth

In her pardon request, which was submitted two years ago, Frishkin said that she wished to restore her relationship with her 20-year-old daughter: “Nicole deserves to have a mother who is free and available for her, who can provide her with warmth and love in addition to maternal support after 15 years in which proper parenting was taken away from her due to no fault of her own.”

In his decision, Rivlin wrote that the abuse that Frishkin endured was substantial in his view, and that he attached the highest importance to raising awareness for the problem of violence against women. He added that in any future request that Frishkin files, he would consider the professional opinion of the prison service regarding her case.

Frishkin’s lawyer from the Public Defender’s Office, Michal Pomerantz, said in response, “The president recognized Erica’s difficult life circumstances and the major abuse that she underwent and that led her to commit the tragic act. Over her years in prison, she has undergone a process of treatment and rehabilitation … We hope that the prison service will continue to assist her in her rehabilitation process, leading to her release.”

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