Israeli soldier convicted for Hebron shooting, released to house arrest

Israeli soldier convicted for Hebron shooting, released to house arrest

Attorney Yoram Sehftel with the appeal of Elor Azaria's sentence.

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.

Azaria, a medic in the elite Kfir Brigade, came on the scene following a Palestinian stabbing attack on soldiers in Hebron in the West Bank on March 24, 2016. 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. Minutes later, while Sharif was lying on the ground, Azaria shot him in the head in a shooting that was captured on video by a local resident for the Israeli human rights NGO B'Tselem. His lawyer argued that terrorists have often risen from injuries that appear to be mortal, only to shoot or stab again.

Following his sentencing in January to 18 months' imprisonment, the defense appealed, requesting that the conviction be overturned, while the prosecution counter-appealed in request of a harsher sentence. Up to now he has remained on his base while his case is under appeal.

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Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier sentenced to 18 months in prison for shooting an incapacitated Palestinian terrorist, is to be released to house arrest, a military court ruled Monday. Azaria will not be able to leave the home at any other time.

Under home arrest, Azaria has to remain at home except for trips to a synagogue.

A military court will rule on the appeals by the end of the month, according to reports.

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