After being convicted of manslaughter, Elor Azaria sent the IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot a letter requesting that his 18-month imprisonment be substituted for community service. Azaria will not appeal to the Supreme Court.
Won’t file appeal to Supreme Court Photo credit: Miriam Alster/ Flash90/ Channel 2 News
Four days after the military court rejected his appeal, today (Thursday), Elor Azaria asked the IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot to ease his sentence. The request means that Azaria’s attorney will not file another appeal to the Supreme Court, as reported at first.
“I would like to make it clear that had I known in advance what was discovered in retrospect, that the terrorist had no explosives, I would not have shot him,” Azaria wrote in a letter sent to Eizenkot. “In addition, I would like to clarify that I don’t intend to file an appeal to the Supreme Court.”
“My family is torn” Photo credit: Channel 2 News
“My family is torn,” he continued. “Everyone is hurt and cannot return to normal routine due to the situation. I am supposed to continue my life with a large stain, a manslaughter conviction, that will harm me. I would like my request to be answered and to convert my sentence of imprisonment to community service.”
As reported earlier this week by JOL, Eizenkot claimed that a request for an easier sentence would be considered seriously.