Sunday, June 26, 2016

Military justice and social media -- a new twist

YnetNews reports on a new case prompted by the high-profile manslaughter court-martial of IDF Sgt. Elor Azariah:
Sgt. [sic; apparently should be Cpl.] D., who was present when Hebron soldier Cpl. [sic; should be Sgt.] Elor Azaria shot Abed al Fatah a-Sharif, a neutralized terrorist, will be put on trial himself for writing a Facebook post accusing Kfir Brigade company commander Tom Na'aman of giving false testimony against Azaria; IDF responded to the accu[s]ation, saying Cpl. D. 'did not see the incident.'
Cpl. D will be tried in the Israeli equivalent of nonjudicial punishment:
The IDF rejected Cpl. D.’s request for a military trial, fearing it would draw further media attention. Cpl. D. is due to stand trial before a senior officer, while Azaria’s trial is set to continue on Sunday. 

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