IDF Soldier Elor Azaria Ends Mandatory Service, Released to House Arrest


The IDF soldier convicted of shooting and killing an injured Arab terrorist who stabbed another soldier in Hebron has been released from his base to house arrest, until the appeal of his case is ended.

They also heard the prosecution's appeal that the 18-month prison sentence was too light.

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Azaria, who was convicted in January and sentenced in February, has been confined to the closed Nachshonim military base since being arrested in March 2016. Today (Monday), it will be decided whether he will be released to await the court hearing under house arrest or remain under military arrest. Azaria does not have to report to prison until his appeals are exhausted.

Azaria's defense lawyer, Yoram Sheftel, wants him released to half-house arrest during which he would be able to leave the house during most daylight hours.

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A iDF military court is expected to rule on his conviction and sentence at the end of July.

The IDF Appeals Court is expected to make a final decision on Azaria's appeal in the coming weeks after a June 1 meeting between IDF chief prosecutor Col. Sharon Zigagi and Sheftela to reach some kind of deal bore no fruit. He will be required to remain at his parents' home in Ramle in central Israel and can attend Shabbat services in a synagogue on Friday night and Saturday if he is accompanied by a family member.

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In March 2016, Azaria, a combat medic stationed in Hebron, shot a neutralized terrorist in the head as he lay wounded on the ground after committing a stabbing attack against the soldier's colleagues.