February 22, 2017

21-year-old Israeli soldier who shot Palestinian assailant sentenced to 18 months in jail

Sergent Elor Azaria, an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier, convicted of killing a Palestinian assailant, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison by a military court. The verdict was delivered on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. The 21-year-old was found guilty of manslaughter by a military court in January for shooting dead 21-year-old Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, after the Palestinian had stabbed another Israeli soldier in March 2015.

The killing was captured on video and widely shared by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.

In the video, Azaria is shown shooting at the deceased's head while the Palestinian was lying on the ground after being shot and wounded following the stabbing attack.

According to Independent report, prosecutors had demanded a three-to-five-year sentence but the panel of three judges decided that would be too severe.

Judge Maya Heller at Tel Aviv Court said they had taken into account mitigating factors including the 'harm suffered by his family' and the fact he was in 'hostile territory' when the shooting occurred.

Sergent Elor Azaria who didn't act in accordance with army protocol was sentenced to 18 months in prison and demoted to the rank of Private.




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