Rivlin’s office says defendants, not politicians, seek pardons

President Reuven Rivlin’s office clarifies that defendants, rather than politicians, must apply for clemency, after all legal proceedings have ended.

The statement comes after several ministers urged Rivlin to pardon IDF soldier Elor Azaria.

“In accordance with standard practice regarding requests for pardons on this or any case, requests for pardons are dealt with when submitted by the applicant themselves, or by one with power of attorney, or an immediate relative, following a conclusive judicial ruling,” it says in a statement.

“In light of the foregoing, and in relation to the case of the soldier Elor Azaria, in the event that a pardon should be requested, it will be considered by the president in accordance with standard practices and after recommendations from the relevant authorities.”

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