Israeli soldier convicted for Hebron shooting, released to house arrest

To be released to house arrest

Hebron shooter Elor Azaria is expected to receive an order for temporary release to full house arrest from an IDF court on Monday.

Israel's military says a soldier sentenced to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian attacker will be placed under house arrest ahead of his appeal later this month.

This month, the decision regarding Elor Azaria's appeal of his conviction of manslaughter and 18-month imprisonment sentence will be reached by the court.

Until now, Azaria has served his time in open detention on a military base in central Israel with periodic furloughs home and frequent visits from family members. Azaria does not have to report to prison until his appeals are exhausted. In addition, the court will answer the IDF prosecutor's appeal that demanded a heavier sentence.

A military appellate court is expected to rule on both appeals on July 30.

Yoram Sheftel, attorney of Elor Azarial, arrives for a court hearing at the IDF's Tel Aviv headquarters on July 17, 2017.

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.

The prosecution, led by Lt. Col. (res.) Nadav Weissman, argued for full house arrest, citing precedent.

The defense maintained Azaria felt his life was in danger, saying he thought the terrorist could have been carrying a bomb on his body. It is now assumed that the prosecution will acquiesce to his being sent home for house arrest for the time being.

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