Lawyers who quit Azaria’s defense team feared prosecution’s expected appeal

While the Kirya military court discusses the request to delay Elor Azaria’s incarceration date, close associates of the three lawyers who resigned from the soldier’s defense team responded to the latest developments in the case. They said that the lawyers are only focused on helping Azaria and that they felt that it was better to request a pardon or a reduced sentence.
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Close associates of Ilan Katz, Eyal Besserglick and Carmit Schiver, the three lawyers who resigned from Elor Azaria’s defense team yesterday, criticized the decision to appeal the manslaughter conviction this morning (Thursday) and stated that such an appeal will prompt the prosecution to appeal the light sentence that the soldier who fatally shot a neutralized terrorist in Hebron received. “Their patience is running out,” they said. “They are focused only on what is good for Elor.” The court is currently discussing the request to delay Azaria’s incarceration date.

Yoram Sheftal, the only lawyer who remains on the soldier’s defense team, submitted the appeal yesterday despite the opposition of Katz, Besserglick and Schiver. The three resigned shortly after it was submitted. Sheftal criticized Chief Military Advocate General Sharon Afek, claiming that he extorted the defense team.

Yesterday, JOL reported that the three lawyers believed that it was necessary to give up on the appeal process in favor of seeking a pardon or a request to lessen the sentence.

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