Israeli soldier convicted for Hebron shooting, released to house arrest

Vincent Carr
July 17, 2017

This marks the first time he will leave army custody since his arrest in March 2016. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a demotion to private. Azaria does not have to report to prison until his appeals are exhausted.

Azaria is slated to be released from the IDF this week, and therefore can no longer remain under house arrest on an IDF base, which was his situation until now.

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

Azaria is appealing his conviction and military prosecutors are appealing his 18-month jail sentence for being too lenient.

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Elior Azaria in court on January 4, 2017. Next to him stands Charlie Azaria, Elor's father.

The prosecution, led by Lt. Col. (res.) Nadav Weissman, argued for full house arrest, citing precedent.

Azaria had been kept in detention in low-security conditions on a military base, where he was allowed frequent visits and short furloughs.

Azaria claimed that he suspected al-Sharif was about to detonate an explosive device, but Military Police opened an investigation against him on a charge of murder, which was later reduced to manslaughter. Today (Monday), it will be decided whether he will be released to await the court hearing under house arrest or remain under military arrest. It is now assumed that the prosecution will acquiesce to his being sent home for house arrest for the time being. The few cases in which IDF soldiers have been found guilty were under completely different circumstances, giving judges little in the way of precedent to determine sentencing.

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