Israel mulls bill barring welfare payments to freed security prisoners
Published Sunday 16/02/2014 (updated) 16/02/2014 19:04
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli lawmakers are considering a bill that would bar the payment of national insurance funds to prisoners with Israeli citizenship formerly held on "security" grounds but released in peace deals, according to an Israeli newspaper.
The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation will vote on a bill Sunday that would prevent former prisoners accused of "security" crimes, but released in prisoner exchanges or as part of peace negotiations, from receiving payments for the period to which they had originally been sentenced, Haaretz reported.
According to the bill, such prisoners should not receive payments because "if it were up to the state authorities alone, they would continue serving their term."
Additionally, these former prisoners would be barred from receiving funds even if they were pardoned.
"A situation in which a security prisoner is released before completing his term, in deals made with terror groups, and receives benefits and money from the state coffers is absurd and unacceptable," the lawmakers who worked on the bill wrote, according to Haaretz.
"The bill will regulate this situation by denying the eligibility of a released security prisoner to receive compensation for the period in which he was to have been serving his term."
The authors said that the bill would "correct to a small extent the injustice caused by the early release of such prisoners."