Military Advocate General slams Elor Azaria request to delay prison sentence

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 7, 2017

The President of the Court, Major General Doron Piles, is expected on Monday to give his decision or to set a date for hearing the application, Ynet reported.

Azaria, who has not expressed any regret for his actions, has asked Eisenkot to permit him to do community service instead of jail time, writing the chief of staff that he wished "to clarify that if I had known in advance what became apparent in hindsight-that there was no explosive device on the body of the terrorist-I would not have shot him".

The military prosecution stated on Monday that it is opposed to Elor Azaria's request to delay the beginning of his 18-month sentence until the IDF chief of staff reviews his leniency plea.

It is possible that Eizenkot could commute the sentence, despite being personally attacked by Azaria's attorneys.

Azaria was prosecuted after a video showed him shooting to death Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in the West Bank city of Hebron in March 2016, approximately 11 minutes after the Palestinian assailant had been shot, injured and disarmed while trying to stab two soldiers. The chief of staff will reach his decision by early October, even if he cuts only a few months from Azaria's sentence. "There is no justification for Azaria's case to be different than those of other soldiers who request clemency; soldiers who only do so after they begin serving their sentences".

Responding Azaria's request, the military prosecution wrote that the defense position lacked precedent. "Delaying the sentence would be an exception to the rule".

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