Reduced Charge For IDF Soldier Who Shot Wounded Palestinian Terrorist

Israeli soldiers and police surround the body of one of two Palestinians who were killed after wounding an Israeli soldier in a knife attack before being shot dead by troops, an army spokeswoman said, at the entrance to the heavily guarded Jewish settler enclave of Tal Rumeda in the city …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: In a dramatic opening to Thursday’s IDF court hearing over whether to release or keep in custody the soldier who shot a Palestinian in Hebron last week, IDF Prosecutor Lt. Col. Edoram Rigler said that they were reducing the expected charge from murder to manslaughter.

At the same time, Rigler told IDF Lt. Col. Judge Ronen Shor at the hearing in Kastina near Ashdod that they felt highly confident they would get a conviction for manslaughter, which carries heavy jail time.

A media circus has surrounded the incident with details leaked from both sides of the investigation day-after -day to confirm two polar opposed narratives. In one narrative, the killing was a cold-blooded murder. In another, it was possibly only a less serious negligent homicide with elements of self-defense from danger posed by the Palestinian who had been involved in a terror attack before being shot and immobilized by security forces.

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