Elor Azaria Likely to Be Temporarily Released to House Arrest
18 July, 2017, 04:22 | Author: Benny Bass
Today (Monday), it will be decided whether he will be released to await the court hearing under house arrest or remain under military arrest. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a demotion to private.
On March 24, 2016, Azaria, a combat medic, was on patrol in Hebron when he shot in the head Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian assailant who earlier had stabbed an Israeli soldier. Nadav Weissman went after each other hard in the last appeal hearing over the manslaughter verdict against Azaria.
A iDF military court is expected to rule on his conviction and sentence at the end of July. However, that is 10 days after Azaria was scheduled to be released from the military.
Israel's top generals pushed for prosecution, saying Azaria violated the military's code of ethics, while large segments of the public, including politicians on Israel's nationalist right, sided with the soldier. He will be required to remain at his parents' home in Ramle in central Israel and can attend Shabbat services in a synagogue on Friday night and Saturday if he is accompanied by a family member.
The court accepted Weissman's arguments. Azaria claimed he was afraid he could still be a danger or may have had a bomb attached. It is now assumed that the prosecution will acquiesce to his being sent home for house arrest for the time being.
While this is not the first time an IDF soldier has been convicted of manslaughter, it is an exceedingly rare occurrence, as most cases are settled through a plea deal in order to avoid a trial.
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