Elor Azaria’s defense team reacts to meeting between family and IDF official

Channel 2 News revealed yesterday evening that a senior-level IDF official called a meeting with the parents of Elor Azaria. During the meeting, the IDF official suggested that the family replace their son’s defense team. This morning, Azaria’s lawyers sent a harshly worded letter to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, claiming that the meeting constitutes obstruction of justice.
Elor Azaria Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Elor Azaria’s lawyers were furious after Channel 2 News revealed that IDF Kfir Brigade Commander ‎Colonel Guy Hazut suggested that Elor Azaria replace his defense team during a meeting between the senior-level officer and the soldier’s family. In exchange, Hazut said that the IDF would be more lenient regarding the soldier’s punishment. Azaria’s defense team sent a harshly worded letter to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman this morning (Wednesday). In the letter, the lawyers claimed that the meeting between the senior-level IDF officer and the Azaria family constitutes obstruction of justice.

The IDF stated in response: “The IDF Spokesperson would like to clarify that he will not go into detail about the meeting between the family of Sergeant Elor Azaria and his commander but refutes the false report released by Channel 2 regarding an offer promising a reduced punishment, the appeal or any other interference in the legal process. The IDF Spokesperson would like to stress that Sergeant Elor Azaria deserves a clean trial.”

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