IDF Soldier Elor Azaria Ends Mandatory Service, Released to House Arrest

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

This marks the first time he will leave army custody since his arrest in March 2016.

Elor Azaria will be released from the IDF to house arrest.

The IDF soldier convicted of shooting and killing an injured Arab terrorist who stabbed another soldier in Hebron has been released from his base to house arrest, until the appeal of his case is ended. The prosecution, meanwhile, filed its own appeal, arguing that the soldier's light sentence did not match the severity of his crime.

A military court will rule on the appeals by the end of the month, according to reports. It also led to strong statements across the Israeli political spectrum, with some politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for him to be pardoned, while others decried the fact that Azaria was prosecuted on a charge of manslaughter rather than murder. The military said today he would be placed under house arrest later this week.

This month, the decision regarding Elor Azaria's appeal of his conviction of manslaughter and 18-month imprisonment sentence will be reached by the court.

The court accepted Weissman's arguments.

Azaria, who is now under "open arrest" in a military base, is supposed to be discharged from the military this week. Azaria claimed he was afraid he could still be a danger or may have had a bomb attached. Weissman initially refused, but eventually acquiesced. It is now assumed that the prosecution will acquiesce to his being sent home for house arrest for the time being.

The appeal hearings have at times been acrimonious, with the two sides trading barbs and, at times, raising their voices, but sources said the June meeting was to the point and professional, despite being ultimately unhelpful. The few cases in which IDF soldiers have been found guilty were under completely different circumstances, giving judges little in the way of precedent to determine sentencing.

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