Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Israeli soldier convicted in shooting moved to house arrest

Israeli soldier convicted in shooting moved to house arrest

Azaria has been under military arrest since the terrorist attack in Hebron at the end of March 2016, when he fatally shot the neutralized and unarmed terrorist. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a demotion to private.

Amnesty International has said Azaria's sentence does "not reflect the gravity of the offence", while the United Nations human rights office said it was an "unacceptable" punishment for "an apparent extra-judicial killing".

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He was immediately released from his base holding cell to house arrest, until the appeal of his case is ended.

Azaria was convicted in January and sentenced the next month after a trial that deeply divided Israeli society.

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Yoram Sheftel, attorney of Elor Azarial, arrives for a court hearing at the IDF's Tel Aviv headquarters on July 17, 2017. It also led to strong statements across the Israeli political spectrum, with some politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for him to be pardoned, while others decried the fact that Azaria was prosecuted on a charge of manslaughter rather than murder.

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 he was afraid he could still be a danger or may have had a bomb attached. Today (Monday), it will be decided whether he will be released to await the court hearing under house arrest or remain under military arrest.

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While this is not the first time an IDF soldier has been convicted of manslaughter, it is an exceedingly rare occurrence, as most cases are settled through a plea deal in order to avoid a trial.

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