Israeli soldier who killed incapacitated Palestinian man begins jail sentence

The Gaza Post | The News of Palestine – Israel

Israeli soldier who killed a 21-year old Palestinian man lying incapacitated on the ground started his 18-month prison sentence on Wednesday.

Elor Azaria – who shot and killed Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif in March 2016 – was greeted by a crowd of cheering supporters before he walked through the prison gates.

“A sad day for Israeli forces and the majority of Israel” Azaria’s lawyer Yoram Sheftel said.

The military court of appeals said on Tuesday that his sentence should have begun immediately, when denied a request to delay his sentence, handed down in February.

“A soldier who has committed an offence – and certainly one who has committed such a serious offence as the one the defendant has been found guilty of – should serve their sentence immediately,” the prosecution told the court.

The appeals court had ruled to uphold his conviction and prison sentence last week.

The chief of staff for the Israeli army Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot is currently deciding whether to reduce his sentence or not. Sheftel said Eisenkot had set a precedent by speaking out during court proceedings.

Source: The New Arab

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