Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter moved to house arrest

Azaria and his attorney today

Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter moved to house arrest

A military court ruled that Elor Azaria will be placed under house arrest on July 20, when his mandatory three-year military service ends, an army spokeswoman said.

Elor Azaria will be released from the IDF to house arrest. 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.

Israel's military says a soldier sentenced to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian attacker will be placed under house arrest ahead of his appeal later this month.

The defense, led by Yoram Sheftel, argued that Azaria did not pose a threat and should therefore be given a partial house arrest, which would only require him to stay at home in the evening. "The trial of your life!" yelled Hebron shooter defense lawyer Sheftel in anger at Weissman as the two engaged in legal jousting.

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A military appellate court is expected to rule on both appeals on July 30.

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

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.

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. It is now assumed that the prosecution will acquiesce to his being sent home for house arrest for the time being.

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