Court hands down 9-year sentence to Bedouin commander who stole IDF weapons

Captain Shadi Bashir, who was convicted of stealing IDF weapons and then selling them to civilians, was sentenced to 9 years in prison on Wednesday. The court also ordered him to pay a fine.
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A military court handed down a 9-year sentence to Captain Shadi Bashir, a former commander in the IDF’s Bedouin Desert Reconnaissance Battalion, after he was found guilty of stealing and selling weapons. His punishment includes a fine of 30,000 NIS and a demotion in rank.

Bashir was convicted as part of a plea deal he signed. In April 2016, Bashir and the soldier who served as his driver broke into a secure bunker and stole a significant amount of weapons. The two then sold the weapons to civilians. The trial of Bashir’s driver is ongoing.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated that the officer took advantage of his position in the military in order to commit crimes and that his sentence illustrates the seriousness of his actions.

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