Exclusive: IDF tried to convince Elor Azaria's father to give up appeal

In a phone conversation, Brig. Gen. Guy Hazut offered Charlie Azaria to meet with the army's chief prosecutor in exchange for replacing his son's lawyers and not appealing the conviction.
Photo credit: Azri Amran/Channel 2 News

A newly-released audio recording confirms Channel 2 News' report that negotiations were held between the IDF and Charlie Azaria, whose son Elor was convicted of manslaughter last week for killing a neutralized Palestinian terrorist in Hebron. In it, Brig. Gen. Guy Hazut, the commander of the Kfir Brigade, is heard trying to convince Azaria not to appeal the military court's conviction and to replace his son's lawyers.

In exchange, Hazut offered to arrange a meeting between Azaria and the IDF's Chief Military Prosecutor in order to try and reach a deal that would reduce his son's sentence. "Just come and sit with him," Hazut can be heard telling Azaria. "Hear them out. You don't have to sign anything."

Azaria then attempts to present preconditions for such a meeting. "I don't want my son sitting a day in prison. 10 months of this torture has been enough for us," he says, to which Hazut replies, "I don't want to mislead you. This will not end without a prison sentence. But it's all a question of alternatives."

Elor Azaria's lawyers, Eyal Besserglick and Ilan Katz, upon finding out about this conversation, sent a fierce letter to Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, claiming it was obstruction of justice.



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