UN human rights office on Azaria’s sentence: “Excessively lenient”

After the IDF soldier who fatally shot a neutralized terrorist in March 2016 was sentenced to 18 months in prison, the U.N. human rights office expressed concerns about the “excessively lenient” sentence. “This case risks undermining confidence in the justice system and reinforcing the culture of impunity,” stated U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.
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Three days after Elor Azaria was sentenced to 18 months in prison for fatally shooting a neutralized terrorist about a year ago in Hebron, the U.N. human rights office released a statement on Friday regarding the sentence. The U.N. human rights office stated that it is concerned about the sentence that Azaria received, claiming that it is “excessively lenient” and “unacceptable.”

"We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian," U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani stated during a news briefing. “This case risks undermining confidence in the justice system and reinforcing the culture of impunity.”

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On Tuesday, Azaria’s sentence was handed down by a panel of judges at the Kirya military court in Tel Aviv. The military rank of the IDF soldier who was convicted of manslaughter last month was also demoted from sergeant to private. Azaria will begin serving his sentence on March 5.



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