More Shin Bet Officials Seek Pardons

Seven more Shin Bet officials have asked President Chaim Herzog to pardon them for their involvement in the April 1984 incident in which two Palestinian bus-hijackers were beaten to death while in Israeli custody.

The appeals were the first legal development since the Supreme Court last week ruled Herzog had the authority to pardon four other Shin Bet officials who never were formally charged, including agency head Avraham Shalom.

It was assumed here that Herzog would find it difficult not to grant the pardons, but the head of the President’s office stressed Monday that Herzog would decide each case on its own merit. The names of the appellants and their positions within Shin Bet were not released for publication.

In a related development, Israeli police here reportedly began the overall investigation into the affair Monday.

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