Changes in Hebron soldier Elor Azaria’s defense team announced following appeal

Yoram Sheftal, the attorney who seeked to appeal the court’s decision to sentence Hebron shooter Elor Azaria to 18 months in prison, announced that Ilan Katz, Eyal Besserglick and Carmit Schiver will stop representing the soldier due to their opposition to the appeal.
Elor Azaria Photo Credit: Flash 90

Over a week after the Israeli military court sentenced the Hebron shooter to 18 months imprisonment, an appeal of Elor Azaria’s punishment was submitted today. The appeal was submitted by lawyer Yoram Sheftal to the military court in the Kirya. The appeal created a rift in Azaria’s defense team.

Lawyers Ilan Katz, Eyal Besserglick and Carmit Schiver believe in giving up on an appeal. Instead, they believe that a pardon should be sought for Azaria or there should be a request to ease his punishment. After the appeal was filed, all of Azaria’s lawyers except for Sheftal will no longer be representing him.

Additional details about the appeal will be given tonight at a 5pm press conference. Katz, Besserglick and Schiver helped to write the appeal for Azaria but they were reluctant to submit it as they will no longer be representing him. If there is no other decision, Azaria will begin his prison sentence on Sunday.

“We accompanied Elor throughout the year, working during the day exactly like we did during the night, and we achieved a fantastic penal result and an impossible murder case was turned into being manslaughter with a video,” the three stated.

“While we believe that the verdict is incorrect and disconnected from the evidence, we extracted the maximum from this court and at this stage, we have to turn to different alternative channels in favor of the soldier,” they noted.  However, Azaria and his family support the idea of appealing and will discuss additional details at a later time.

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