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Pardon for Israeli Who Butchered Wife in Thailand

Eli Cohen, who was convicted of murdering his ex-wife Carol Cohen, dismembering her body and dumping the parts in a suitcase in a Bangkok river in 2004, will be released from a Thai prison in six months, Foreign Ministry officials confirmed on Monday.

Having been originally sentenced to life in prison, Cohen has recently received a clemency from the King of Thailand. He cannot be put on trial again as he has already been tried and convicted of murder.

Carol’s family said in response that they would do everything in their power to prevent Cohen’s return to Israel. “I’d rather die than see the person who cut my daughter in pieces and threw her into the river,” Carol’s mother Rivkah Amsalem said. She called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take the matter into his hands.

“(Eli) never expressed regret, never said he was sorry,” Rivkah said. “He murdered once, he will murder again.”

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Foreign governments rarely care if a non-citizen kills another non-citizen.  In Japan an Iranian killed an Irish girl and was simply sent back to Iran.  Now, Iran has "double jeapordy" which means he'd be tried again for the same offense there - as for Israel, who knows? 

The King of Thailand is considered god like and above criticism by the average Thai, so I don't see any point in arguing with Thailand.  It will be interesting to see what Israel does.

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