In Israel, a military court sentenced a soldier Elora Azariah, who was recognized guilty of the manslaughter of a Palestinian in Hebron last spring, to 18 months in prison. Azariah also sentenced to probation for a year and reduced in rank from Sergeant to private, reports NEWSru Israel. The Prosecutor demanded for Azariah from three to five years of imprisonment. The sentence was read out at the military base Kiriya in tel Aviv.
The lawyers asked the court to read the term which soldiers held under open arrest at a military base, and also to postpone the start date of the sentence. In turn, the prosecution demanded that Azaria began to serve his sentence no later than 26 February. The defense is going to appeal.
On 4 January, the military court acknowledged Azariah guilty of manslaughter of Palestinians, and in conduct unworthy of a soldier.
According to investigators, on 24 March 2016 at the intersection of Wilber in tel Rumeida two Arabs armed with knives, attacked Israeli soldiers, injuring one of them. The attackers opened fire on defeat. One of them was Ramzi al-Kasrawi was killed, the second was Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif – was wounded.
After the wounded soldier was placed in the ambulance, ALOR Azariah shot lying on the ground disarmed Palestinians. The bullet hit the man in the head, he died on the spot. The time of the shooting was captured on videotape. Shortly after Azariah was detained.
Another video is heard as, presumably, the doctor said that the wounded Arab is a bomb and it can not come before arrival of sappers.
The commander of the brigade, which serves as Azariah reprimanded the commander and two squad leaders that they failed to timely inspection neutralized Palestinians. Azariah claimed that opened fire, fearing for his life and the lives of others.
18 April 2016 Elora Azariah, the military prosecution was charged with manslaughter and unacceptable behavior. The verdict States that the court has decided to reject all the arguments of the defense. The court found that the soldier committed an illegal act and had exceeded his authority.