Hebron shooter Elor Azaria to begin 18-month sentence on Wednesday

The military court has rejected the request of the IDF soldier convicted of killing a neutralized terrorist to delay the start of his sentence until the chief of staff reviews his leniency request. Tomorrow morning Elor Azaria will begin to serve his 18-month sentence in prison.
Elor Azaria in court | Archive Photo Credit: Tomer Applebaum/ Channel 2 News

Today (Tuesday), the military court rejected Elor Azaria's final plea to postpone the beginning of his sentence until IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot reviews Azaria's leniency request. Azaria will enter prison tomorrow and will begin to serve his 18-month sentence in prison.

Azaria's lawyer, Yoram Sheftel, had requested that the beginning of his client’s sentence be postponed until September 9, when the sentence is slated to become final, to allow time for Eizenkot to intervene on Azaria's behalf. As reported by JOL yesterday, the prosecution had already expressed its opposition to Azaria’s request, demanding that he begin his sentence tomorrow morning as planned.

The Azaria family, today Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Yesterday, Sheftel responded to the prosecution's opposition to the request to postpone Azaria's sentence and said that the assumption that the sentence should begin as close to the final verdict as possible is "baseless" and that the prosecution presented that assumption as fact "deliberately and deceptively."

He added that it is impossible to ignore the uniqueness of this case: "When was the last time the chief of staff, while reading the ruling of the Court of Appeals, actually publicly invited the defendant to file a request for leniency while offering a public promise?" Sheftel asked. "The execution of the sentence should be postponed."

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