Azaria requests that court wait for IDF Chief of Staff’s decision before serving his sentence

The defense attorney of Elor Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 months in prison, filed a motion to the military court in order to postpone the start of Azaria’s prison sentence, which is supposed to begin on Wednesday. The motion argued that the defendant wishes to wait until the IDF Chief of Staff reaches a decision about easing his sentence.
Azaria requests to postpone serving his sentence Photo Credit: Avshalom Sasoni/POOL

Three days before he is supposed to begin serving his 18-month prison sentence in an IDF prison, Elor Azaria filed a motion to the IDF Appeals Court requesting to postpone serving his prison sentence until IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot reaches a decision about easing his sentence.

“We request that the Honorable Court conduct a hearing, with the parties present, in order to grant the request to postpone the starting date of the sentence imposed on the applicant until the Chief of Staff reaches his decision,” the motion read. “As part of the application, the prison sentence is requested to be converted to a sentence of the same length that can be served in community service. If the request is granted, then the applicant will not be forced to stay in prison.”

As reported last week by JOL, Elor Azaria requested that IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot ease his sentence. “I would like to make it clear that had I known in advance what was discovered in retrospect, that the terrorist had no explosives, I would not have shot him,” Azaria wrote in a letter sent to Eizenkot. “In addition, I would like to clarify that I don’t intend to file an appeal to the Supreme Court.”

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