Israel’s Military Court Upholds 18 Month Sentence for Hebron Shooter Elor Azaria

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria (R), who was caught on video shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay on the ground, arrives with his father for a hearing at a military appeals court in Tel Aviv on November 23, 2016. / AFP / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit …
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Ynetnews reports: The Military Court of Appeals rejected Sunday both appeals in the Elor Azaria trial, upholding the manslaughter conviction and 18-month sentence given to the former soldier who shot dead a neutralized Palestinian terrorist during his IDF service in Hebron.

Azaria, who appeared in court for the first time as a civilian after having been released from the IDF on July 20, had appealed his manslaughter conviction.

His defense team raised questions regarding the credibility of the testimonies of company commander Maj. Tom Na’aman and the soldier Cpl. T.—who both testified they heard Azaria say that he shot the terrorist because “he deserved to die after stabbing my friend.” In addition, Azaria’s team claimed soldiers and police officers in similar cases in the past were not prosecuted.

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