IDF soldier who shot wounded terrorist sent to house arrest


Sgt Elor Azaria was captured on video fatally shooting a Palestinian who was wounded after stabbing a soldier in the West Bank a year ago. But his mandatory military service ends this Thursday, so the military court hearing his case has made a decision to send him to full house arrest at his family's home in Ramle.

Lt. Col. Nadav Weissman, military prosecutor in the trial against IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria, speaks to press at the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv following the verdict of Azaria on January 4, 2017.

IDF soldier Elor Azaria, who was sentenced in February by a military court to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter, is being sent home to house arrest. Minutes later, while Sharif was lying on the ground, Azaria shot him in the head in a shooting that was captured on video by a local resident for the Israeli human rights NGO B'Tselem. The attacker was immediately shot by other soldiers in the area and by the time Azaria got there and shot him again, was already incapacitated, but was still moving. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a demotion to private. Up to now he has remained on his base while his case is under appeal.

Azaria's defense lawyer reportedly wanted the soldier released to his parents' home but with a curfew at sunset so that he could go out during the day.

A iDF military court is expected to rule on his conviction and sentence at the end of July. Azaria claimed he was afraid he could still be a danger or may have had a bomb attached.