Thursday, April 7, 2016

IDF case: further open detention

The Jerusalem Post has this account of the military justice case currently roiling Israeli politics:
The Jaffa Military Court on Thursday approved a one week extension of the open detention on a military base of the Hebron soldier who shot a Palestinian terrorist on March 24 after he was already wounded and lying motionless on the ground. 
By next Thursday, the IDF prosecution is expected to have filed an indictment against the soldier, likely for manslaughter, but with an outside shot of being reduced to negligent homicide, following losing a major battle on Tuesday before the IDF Appeals Court to try to keep the soldier in full detention. 
The incident was picked up on video, went viral online and has dominated the airwaves with a war of words over the soldier's guilt or innocence pitting Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, who condemned the soldier, against various politicians on the Right, who say they rushed to judgment.
It is an understatement to suggest that this case will be closely watched.

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