Agence France-PresseApril 18, 2013 13:00
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday pardoned a Palestinian prisoner who had carried out two long-term hunger strikes, citing concerns over his health, his office said.
"Peres accepted the recommendation of the Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, in coordination with the security services, and signed the release of Mohammed Kamal al-Taj," a statement said.
"The decision to release him was taken on humanitarian grounds as the prisoner was ill with a serious medical condition," it added.
Taj had served almost 10 years of a 14-year sentence, the president's office said.